UN: Conflict in Ukraine affects education of more than 5 million children

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted the education of more than five million children, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, calling for increased international support to ensure that children do not fall further behind.

“The impact of 11 months of conflict only compounds the two years of learning lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), noting that the The situation is even worse for children in eastern Ukraine, where war has been raging for eight years.

“Schools and early childhood education settings provide an essential sense of stability and security for children, and failure to learn could have lifelong consequences,” the principal warned. UNICEF Regional for Europe and Central Asia, Afshan Khan quoted in a statement.

Fighting in residential areas has damaged or destroyed thousands of schools and other educational facilities across the country, while many parents are reluctant to send their children to school for security reasons, observed the ‘UN.

While more than 1.9 million children had access to online learning opportunities and 1.3 million children were enrolled in a combination of in-person and virtual lessons, the recent attacks on energy infrastructure in Ukraine have caused widespread power cuts, UNICEF said, adding that this situation has left “almost all Ukrainian children without sustainable access to electricity”.

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