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UNICEF: Afghan ‘Education Under Fire’ as Attacks on Schools Jump


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Tue, 28 May 2019 14:17 GMT

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, May 28th that attacks on schools in Afghanistan increased nearly three times last year, making it more difficult to provide education for children in many parts of the country, Reuters has reported.

The organisation, which promotes education and children's rights, said the number of attacks on Afghan schools jumped from 68 in 2017 to 192 last year. This is the first time since 2015 that there has been an increase in attacks. 

"Education is under fire in Afghanistan," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "The senseless attacks on schools; the killing, injury and abduction of teachers; and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children." 

More than 1,000 schools across the country remain closed because of security threats from groups such as the Taliban and Isis, which choose easy targets for attacks aimed at expanding and strengthening their influence through intimidation. 

The use of school buildings as polling stations during the parliamentary elections was a factor behind the increase in attacks, the organization said. 

About 3.7 million Afghani children, or nearly half of the children of school age, have not been enrolled in formal education in the country.