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Conflicts & Floods Leave 8.8M Ethiopian Children Out of School

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According to a new report by UNICEF, a large number of Ethiopian children are not attending school due to the difficult situations happening in the country. The report says that out of 10 million children who need help with their education, 8.85 million are not going to school.

This number has gone up a lot since last year, even though organizations are trying to help almost 3 million students this year. But so far, only 356,000 Ethiopian children have received emergency education support as of March. The main reason is that conflicts are going on in different parts of the country.

In the first quarter of the ongoing fiscal year (January, February, and March), UNICEF reported an 18% rise in the closure of schools nationwide, along with a 4.5% increase in the number of schools that have been damaged. The report stated that 6,770 schools were affected by damage, while 6,410 schools were closed.

During the first quarter, six regions were affected by flooding, and it is predicted that ten regions will face new flooding from March to May 2024. Additionally, ongoing disruptions to education are being caused by droughts in seven regions, resulting in 1 million children affected by drought being out of school as of March 2024. This quarter also saw a 4.5% rise in damaged schools and an 18% increase in closed schools.

According to the report, 21 organizations delivered urgent educational aid in regions affected by crises this quarter. But it warns that if more help and safe access are not provided, things could get worse.

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