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UNHCR warns that the refugees’ school situation will be “catastrophic” if action is not taken immediately

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that the school situation of millions of young refugees will be “catastrophic” due to the coronavirus pandemic unless the international community acts “immediately”.

In its most recent report, entitled “Together for Refugee Education”, UNHCR recalled that half of the world’s refugee children are absent from school, an already grave situation exacerbated by the dire social and economic consequences that the Pandemic brought with it.

Although UNHCR recognizes that COVID-19 has affected the education of boys and girls in all countries, the study shows that refugee children are particularly affected, as “many” of them “are unlikely to have the opportunity to return to university”, for various reasons, be it due to the closure of their schools, financial difficulties in enrolling or purchasing school supplies.

UNHCR warns that the refugees’ school situation will be “catastrophic” if action is not taken immediately
UNHCR warns that the refugees’ school situation will be “catastrophic” if action is not taken immediately

“Half of the world’s refugee children were out of school before this situation,” said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Filippo Grandi, who has proposed “stronger international support” to these people and their communities to protect advances made in recent years.

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