The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Thursday said over 6 million of school-age refugee children around the world had no school to go to.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, warned that the problem could lead to further conflicts if it was left unaddressed.

Most of these 3.7 million children who are not getting a primary or secondary education live in developing countries.

The agency added that some 900,000 of them are Syrians.

According to the report that UNHCR published ahead of next week’s UN refugee summit in New York, lack of basic schooling affects refugees’ chances in later life.

“Only one in 100 refugees manages to enter a university, compared to one in three among ordinary youths.

“All too often, education for refugee children is considered a luxury, a non-essential optional extra after food, water, shelter and medical care.

“This lack of schooling “can be hugely damaging, not only for individuals but also for their families and societies, perpetuating cycles of conflict and yet more forced displacement,’’ he warned, calling on donors to focus on this issue.

Regions with low education levels are more likely to experience conflict.

Grandi acknowledged that poor host countries are often struggling to educate their own native population and that an influx of refugees could exacerbate the problem.

Report says over of the world’s refugee children that are out of school live in these seven countries: Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey.

In Turkey and Lebanon, two of the main host countries for Syrian refugees, only about 40 per cent of Syrian children attend schools.


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