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S Sudanese children miss out on primary education

Author : | Published: September 2, 2016

The UN has rated South Sudan number two in the world with the highest number of children missing out on primary school education.

This is according to the data analysis by the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF.

The analysis highlights the extent of education crisis affecting countries in conflict.

It shows that 2 in every 5 children are out of school in those countries.

According to the UNICEF data analysis, Liberia is leading among the top ten countries affected, with nearly two-thirds of primary-aged children not accessing schools.

UNICEF Chief of Education, Jo Bourne says children are at “an increased danger of abuse, exploitation and recruitment into armed groups” when they are not in school.

UNICEF expressed fears that without education, a generation of children living in countries affected by conflict, natural disasters and extreme poverty, will grow up.

It says this is because they will not have the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies.

Mr. Bourne says this will worsen the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families.

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