The lack of investment has caused us to lose a whole generation of displaced children. But they can be saved if you are willing to invest more in education and our common future. It is urgent and we cannot afford not to help.
Even before the coronavirus crisis shut down schools, more than 127 million children and young people in war-torn and crisis-stricken areas were out of school.
At the end of the education queue we find children who have been forced to flee their homes. Without education, they are exposed to many dangers. Life is on hold and they face an uncertain future.
“If we turn our backs on these children, the consequences could be dire,” says Annelies Ollieuz, who heads the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) education work.
“Many children are at risk of being recruited as child soldiers, of being subjected to sexual violence, of becoming child laborers or married children. Above all, we take away their hope for a better future.
She points out that children not only lose the opportunity to learn to read, write and count, they also lack skills that increase self-confidence and the ability to take care of themselves. , their family, the local community, nature and the environment.
In addition, schools are places where children in areas torn by war and crisis can have the opportunity to cope with stress and trauma.
Ollieuz believes that we cannot afford to continue to neglect this generation of children and at the same time expect them to help rebuild their war-torn countries and create stable and peaceful societies.
“And, the longer children stay out of school, the more likely it is that they will never come back,” she warns.
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