Myanmar: 50 percent of children can not go to school – the reasons are Corona …

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Save the Children has released alarming figures from Myanmar for today’s International Children’s Day: In the last two years, the number of children unable to go to school has more than doubled. According to the Children’s Rights Organization, about half of the girls and boys in the Southeast Asian country – more than 7.8 million – now receive no formal education. In some parts of the country, the number of students has even dropped by up to 80 percent.

The main reasons for this are the corona pandemic and the escalating violence. In Myanmar, schools have been completely or partially closed for 15 months due to COVID-19. Attacks on educational institutions have also increased, leaving many students and teachers afraid to return to teaching.

“Each of these attacks is an attack on the future of an entire generation in Myanmar,” said Emma Wagner, director of education policy and advocacy at Save the Children. “We can and must not allow these children to be deprived of the opportunity to learn. The attacks on schools must stop immediately.” COVID-19 has also triggered an unprecedented educational emergency worldwide. “Save the Children pointed out that the closures put children at risk of dropping out of school altogether because they are forced to work or get married early.”

According to the Children’s Rights Organization, there were at least 260 attacks on schools in Myanmar between May 2021 and April 2022; nearly three-quarters of these were explosions inside or near the buildings. In April this year alone, explosive devices were discovered in four schools and educational institutions, 33 schools were set on fire and ten attacks on teachers and educational staff were recorded. In March and April, gunmen also occupied 10 schools where Save the Children works – there are likely to have been many more across the country.

“I have not been to school since it closed because of COVID,” said Kyi *, 14, from Magway, Myanmar’s third-largest region. “Before that I went to sixth grade. Because of the fighting, the teachers did not come back to our village. I think they hid in a safe place, just like us. I now live in a temporary tent in the jungle after I came out. my fled the village. ”

Kyi has a big dream – and knows she needs a good education to achieve it. “My family’s small grocery store gave me the idea of ​​becoming a businesswoman. But I get sad when I think about my future. To achieve my dream, I have to go to school. I want to learn English and many other things. “And I want to hang out with my friends and teachers. It’s as long since I’ve been able to.”

Save the Children calls on the United Nations Security Council and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take swift, concrete action to secure the future of children in Myanmar. The country also has an urgent need for more humanitarian aid, the appeal to the international community. The UN emergency aid appeal to Myanmar has so far only been funded at 10.4 percent.

Save the Children runs programs across Myanmar and continues to work with its local teams to help the most vulnerable children.

About Save the Children:

In the post-war year 1919, the British social reformer Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children to save children in Germany and Austria from starvation. Today, it is now the largest independent child rights organization in the world, active in around 120 countries. Save the Children works for children in wars, conflicts and disasters. For a world that respects children’s rights, where all children live healthy and safe lives and can grow up and learn freely and independently – for over 100 years.

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Original content from: Save the Children Deutschland eV, broadcast by news aktuell

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