Getting an education in an impoverished community or a refugee camp is nearly impossible for these 50 million children. In many cases, there are no educational facilities available at all, but even when there are, child refugees and underprivileged children face huge obstacles.
Food and shelter are not enough to give these children a chance at a better future. They need a source of strength and hope — a tool that can help them build resilience and give them a chance at a better tomorrow. They need education.
According to the UNHCR, over 3.5 million refugee children were deprived of the opportunity to attend school last year. For older children, the situation is even worse. Only 23% of adolescent refugees are enrolling in secondary school, compared to 84% of adolescents worldwide. Even among primary school children, 39% of refugees — nearly 2 in 5 child refugees — missed school last year.
As impoverished and refugee child children grow older, the impact of lost educational opportunities only gets more severe. Just 1% of refugees are enrolled in tertiary education, compared to 36% of children worldwide.
Even with the emotional tools to face their trauma and the skills to build a successful future, the challenges these children face are daunting. Without them, building a future free of needless suffering and displacement is all but impossible. Food and shelter are not enough to give these children a chance at a better future. They need a source of strength and hope — a tool that can help them build resilience and give them a chance at a better tomorrow. They need education.