Only half of refugee children manage to attend primary school
Paris (Agenzia Fides) - In a report made public in recent days, on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May, UNESCO and UNHCR reported that only 50% of refugee children attend primary school, and 25% secondary school.
In 2015, 38% of primary school pupils were girls in Kenya. 80% in Egypt, Iran or Yemen go to school, but 50% in Ethiopia and 40% in Pakistan. The situation is particularly serious for girls.
In Kakuma camp in Kenya, and in the Iraqi province of Nayaf, 81% of displaced adolescents in the age group between 15 and 17 have never attended school. This situation is even worse in Afghanistan, where a mere 1% of girls go to school, compared to 20% of males. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 21/05/2016)
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On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd, Pope Francis recalls how the promotion of the right to participation plays a central role in combating discrimination and promoting a culture of encounter and quality of life.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski left for Lesbos on Monday. This new mission follows that of last May and comes after the visit of Pope Francis to Lesbos in 2016. The Apostolic Almoner will return next Wednesday with a group of 33 refugees. Another 10 will arrive by the end of the year. Assistance for all of them will be provided by the Holy See and the Sant'Egidio Community.