UNICEF: Conflict, Disasters Leave 59 Million Young People Illiterate
Almost 60 million young people who live in countries affected by conflict or natural disaster are illiterate, the United Nations Children's Fund or UNICEF, said this week.
More investment in education is needed, UNICEF said, to fight the crisis.
Nearly 30 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 19 living in "emergency countries" cannot read or write. UNICEF has found that illiteracy is a bigger problem among girls and young women. Thirty-three percent of girls have not learned even the basics of reading. The same is true of 24 percent of boys living in "emergency countries."
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said the numbers are a clear reminder of the tragic effects that crises can have on a child's education and their future.
UNICEF is calling for more financial support for education programs, especially during humanitarian crises. It said only 3.6 percent of humanitarian money is used for the education of young people living in emergency situations. That makes education one of the least supported areas of humanitarian aid.
The agency's yearly Humanitarian Action for Children appeal began on Tuesday. It called for $900 million for countries damaged by man-made and natural disasters. The money would be used on programs such as accelerated learning, teacher training, school rebuilding and on school supplies.
UNICEF also proposed that governments provide young children with early-learning opportunities and illiterate young people with specially designed education programs.
The findings are based on the U.N. Educational, Science and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, literacy data on 27 emergency countries.
The countries with the highest illiteracy rates among people between the ages of 15 and 24 are Niger (76-percent), Chad (69-percent), South Sudan (68-percent), and the Central African Republic (64-percent).
UNICEF released the new data just before the start of the two-day Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Conference in Dakar, Senegal. The conference is designed to raise money to give all children and youth the opportunity to learn.
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3.emergency situations 紧急情况
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4.natural disasters 自然灾害
Natural disasters have obviously contributed to the continent's economic crisis
5.UNICEF is calling for more financial support for education programs, especially during humanitarian crises.
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6.The findings are based on the U.N. Educational, Science and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, literacy data on 27 emergency countries.
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在“紧急状态国家”生活的15到19岁青年中，近30%的人不会阅读和书写 。联合国儿童基金会发现，女孩和年轻女性的文盲现象更加严重 。33%的女孩没学过阅读的基本知识 。24%生活在“紧急状态国家”的男孩同样如此 。
联合国儿童基金会会长亨利埃塔·福尔（Henrietta Fore）指出，该数据明确地提醒我们，危机将对儿童的教育和未来造成悲剧性的影响 。
联合国儿童基金会呼吁为教育项目提供更多的资金支持，尤其是在人道主义危机期间 。该基金会表示，只有3.6%的人道主义资金用于救助紧急状态国家的年轻人教育 。这导致教育成为人道主义援助最少的领域之一 。
周二，该机构举办了一年一度的儿童人道主义救助会 。该活动为受人为和自然灾害破坏的国家筹集了9亿美元的善款 。所有善款将用于速成学习、教师培训、学校重建和学习用品等项目 。
在塞内加尔达喀尔举行为期两天的全球教育合作融资会议前，联合国儿童基金会发布了这一数据 。该会议旨在为儿童和青年提供学习机会而筹集善款 。