ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The Ethiopian Education Cluster Quarterly Newsletter, published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has revealed that 7.6 million children in Ethiopia continue to be out of school due to various shocks and hazards. The report highlights that ongoing conflicts in Amhara, Oromia, and other regions have significantly exacerbated this issue.
In its publication, covering the reporting period from July to September 2023, UNICEF has emphasized that the longer children remain out of school, the less likely they are to return to formal learning.
The quarterly publication, released this Saturday, reveals that a total of 8,552 schools have reported varying degrees of damage in Ethiopia, affecting almost 20 percent of all schools.
Furthermore, the publication emphasizes that the education cluster remains one of the most underfunded areas, with current funding covering only 22 percent of the target, supporting just 851,000 children. This falls significantly short of the humanitarian response plan for Ethiopia.
Official data indicate that the education cluster aims to reach 3.8 million children, which represents only 30 percent of the children in need based on 2023 calculations and planning.
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