No child should have to pay the cost of war

By Malala Yousafzai, Student, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund

1No child should have to pay the cost of war, to be kept away from the classroom because of conflict. Yet whole generations of refugee children from countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Palestine and South Sudan have had to leave their homes and schools. But they do not leave their dreams of a better future for themselves and their countries, a future only possible through education.

It is unacceptable that just half of refugee children have access to primary education and one quarter have access to secondary education. It is unacceptable that girls are nearly always the first to miss out. Education is every child’s basic human right.

Dreams should not end because of conflict. Futures should not be put on hold because of war. There is no tomorrow for countries affected by conflict unless their children learn today, and not just the basics, but an education that gives them the tools and skills they need to fly.

World leaders have promised to provide every child with a full 12 years of education by 2030. Young people displaced by war are not the exception.

Humanity should know no borders. There are solutions, as this paper shows, but the world must come together and make good on its promises.

We know what we have to do.

This entry was posted in Conflict, emergencies, Out-of-school children, refugees, Refugees and displaced people, Uncategorized, violence and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to No child should have to pay the cost of war

  1. Yes I agree with the statement especially in my country Nigeria


  2. Pingback: No Child Should Have To Pay The Price For War – World Education Blog #refugee #refugeeweek – Our Global Classroom

  3. Children today are the leaders of tomorrow. Children in the conflict zones are peers of those of us in other countries. If we deny them education, the generation of tomorrow loses too. We can’t afford to turn a blind eye.


  4. Reblogged this on learninglabnotes and commented:
    Education is every child’s right.


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