Attacks on schools in Afghanistan Tripled Between 2017 and 2018: UNICEF

In recent findings by the UNICEF, the attacks on a school in a year in Afghanistan have increased from 68 to 192 in between the years 2017 and 2018.

“Education is under fire in Afghanistan. The senseless attacks on schools; the killing, injury and abduction of teachers; and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

Due to the warlike situations and the conflict in the area Half a million children were denied their right to education due to the shut down of more than 1000 schools at the end of 2018.

The report says that inking schools as voter registrations centres were one of the reasons why the magnitude of attacks increased on the schools. Data shows that an estimated 3.7 million children between the ages of 7 and 17 – nearly half of all school-aged children in the country – are out of school in Afghanistan.

Other reasons for dropouts and absenteeism were disastrous security conditions, ruthless poverty and discrimination. These majorly affected the rate of the number of girls going to school and have been so since 2002. According to the data, girls account for 60 per cent of children, not in education.

In collaboration with partners across Afghanistan along with the government, UNICEF is striving to bring the situations back to normal by providing informal and accelerated community-based education. It also includes decreasing the risk of going to school via running classes in community buildings and homes.

On the opening of the third International Conference on Safe Schools in Spain, UNICEF has called for a safe educational environment for children in Afghanistan. It has demanded the end to all attacks on schools and urges all parties to protect education during armed conflict to stabilize the scenario.

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