- The epidemic closed schools around the world, affecting the studies of 90% of school children
- UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azole appeals to focus on educating poor children, otherwise, society will be left behind
In 2018, about 260 million (26 crore) children in the world did not receive schooling. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a report on Tuesday. According to the report, children in many countries in South and Central Asia, including India, have faced this situation. In African countries near the Sahara Desert, 17 percent of school-age children could not get an education.
These children could not get education because poverty and lack of equal opportunities became a major obstacle in their path. The Corona epidemic this year has had a serious impact on education. Schools around the world have been closed due to the epidemic. 90 percent of school children are affected by it.
The study of children from poor families was badly affected
In most countries, the study of children from poor families, people with disabilities, migrant workers and children from minority communities have been adversely affected. The situation was already bad in 20 sub-Saharan African countries like Libya, Egypt, Somalia, and Sudan and now the situation is worse. In these countries, 20 percent of children from rich families attend secondary school compared to poor families. The number of out-of-school LGBT children in the United States was three times higher than normal children.
Many reasons to stay away from schooling
In many countries, children are excluded from schooling. There are two countries in Africa where pregnant girls are not allowed to go to school. Child marriage is allowed in 117 countries. There are 20 countries where the rules for child labor have not been changed yet. 3.35 crore girls in the world have to go to schools where there is neither sanitation nor drinking water. In Central and Eastern European countries, children from the Roma community are not admitted to ordinary schools. The same is true of children from the Rohingya community in Asia.
UNESCO says focus on educating poor children
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azole has appealed to countries to focus on the study of poor children. According to Azole, special arrangements should be made for such children when the school reopens after the lockdown. The challenge of the present time has given us all the same punishment. If we cannot do this, a large section of the society will be left behind.