Millions of minors exposed to disasterFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN in the continent are at most risk to man-made disasters amid revelations 36 out of 45 countries are vulnerable to the crises.
It has emerged at least 327 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa live in fragile contexts and the majority of the estimated 29 million primary school aged children who are out of school are primarily found in fragile settings and are particularly at risk or threatened by conflict.
The figures have been disclosed at the ongoing Pan-African Symposium on Education, Resilience and Social Cohesion at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.
At the summit, it was reported three out of ten children in Africa are living in conflict-affected settings and exposed to numerous risks.
Stakeholders thus advocated for equitable access to education as key in addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in the continent.
Oley Dibba-Wadda, the Executive Secretary of Association for the Development of Education in Africa, said education was a key tool against all kinds of violence.
“African governments must endorse and develop integrated, peaceful, inclusive approaches and strategies that support the implementation of a comprehensive program on non-violence, tolerance and peace, especially for the young generation,” said Dibba-Wadda.
Ministers of Education from 16 African countries, including conflict-torn states, are attending the high-level event in Addis Ababa.
– CAJ News
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