Conflicts are one of the main obstacles to education. Refugee children are five times more likely not to attend school.
During conflict situations, education is the top priority of parents and is vital in re-establishing stability for children in an unstable environment.
According to UNICEF’s education specialist, a gap in children’s education leads to a vacuum in their social development. She feels that school attendance contributes to a country’s stability. Schools can indeed be a catalyst for change as, without education, poverty and instability take root, causing harm to several generations.
A new Save the Children report explains that “During times of conflict and insecurity, maintaining access to education is of vital importance for children’s protection and development. When schools are safe from attack and other threats, they can provide an important sense of normalcy that is crucial to a child’s development and wellbeing”.
86 % of refugees in the world are taken in by a developing country. They often live in regions where governments are already struggling to educate their own children and then have the extra task of having to find additional school places, trained teachers and teaching materials.