Liberia Tops UNICEF’s 10 Worst for Access to Primary School

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ICN's purpose is to provide sponsorship for the children, especially those whose parents and guardians cannot afford to send them to school, Lawrence Teah said.

Liberia has the highest proportion of children missing out on primary school education with nearly two-thirds of its children never stepping inside a classroom, the United Nations said yesterday.

African countries hit by conflict featured prominently in UNICEF’s first global out-of-school ranking, with South Sudan coming second with Eritrea on the list. In both countries, 59 percent of children are out of school.

Last month UNICEF said a spike in the forced recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan could be imminent amid fears that the East Africa nation was on the brink of renewed civil war.

Although school is vital for children living in crises, education is one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, said in a statement.

“For countries affected by conflict, school equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to rebuild their communities once the crisis is over,” UNICEF’s chief of education Jo Bourne said in the statement.

“Schools can also protect children from the trauma and physical dangers around them.”
Classroom routines can help children psychologically after witnessing atrocities, as well as safeguarding them from abuse, experts say.

A crisis fund was launched in May at the World Humanitarian Summit to increase funding for children missing out on school due to war and natural disasters.

Liberia, which emerged from two civil wars in 2003, temporarily shut its schools to stop the spread of the Ebola epidemic, which ended in June.

The 18 million children in the 10 worst countries for access to primary school account for almost one third of the world’s 61 million primary school-aged children who are out of school, UNICEF said.

The top 10 countries in the world with the highest proportion of children missing out on primary school are: 1, Liberia – 62 percent; 2, South Sudan – 59 percent; 3, Eritrea – 59 percent; 4, Afghanistan – 46 percent; 5, Sudan – 45 percent; 6, Djibouti – 43 percent 7, Equatorial Guinea – 42 percent; 8, Niger – 38 percent; 9, Mali – 36 percent and 10, Nigeria – 34 percent.

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Born unto the union of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson Tamba on May 16. Graduated from the Salvation Army School System " William Booth high school" in 2006/2007 academic year. He also went to the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) computer program, where he graduated with a diploma in computer literate in 2008. He is now a senior student of the University of Liberia, Civil engineering department, reading Civil engineering. He is in a serious relationship with Mercy Johnson and has a junior boy name, Otis Success Johnson, born 2016, March 29.

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