For children who have experienced the trauma of war and displacement, education can be life-saving, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Unfortunately, more than 9 million children living in war-torn or disaster-stricken countries will miss out on schooling unless the international community contributes an additional $820 million, UNICEF warned in July. The countries with the largest funding gaps are the Central African Republic and Yemen.
“Without education, children grow up without the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the peace and the development of their countries and economies,” said Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador. “When I fled Syria in 2013, I was terrified I would never be able to return to school. But when I arrived in Jordan and realized there was a school in the camp, I was relieved and hopeful. School gives children like me a lifeline and the chance of a peaceful and positive future.”
To learn more, read this article from the United Nations News Centre.