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UNICEF warned that the longer the period the children remain out of school, the less likely they are to return to formal learning.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in its latest education cluster update that some 7.6 million children are out of school across Ethiopia due to different man-made and natural disasters.
According to the quarterly publication issued on Saturday, a total of 8,552 schools reported either partially or severely damaged in Ethiopia, representing almost 20 percent of schools.
"Education cluster data reveals that 7.6 million children remain out of school due to various shocks and hazards across Ethiopia. The ongoing conflicts in Amhara, Oromia and other regions has increased the out of school children rate drastically," the report said.
Furthermore, UNICEF warned that the longer the period the children remain out of school, the less likely they are to return to formal learning.
⚠️ Ethiopia’s intergenerational poverty cycle is deepening: ~40% of < 18 Yrs children are deprived of education and a decent life.��
# of children out of school:
-7.6M -due to unabated conflicts -13M -due to access problems and socio economic issues. -820K -due exam failure … pic.twitter.com/6axEX7Va6o
It added that the education cluster continues to be one of the most underfunded clusters, with current funds allowing only for 22 percent coverage, accounting only 851,000 children, against the humanitarian response plan for Ethiopia.
According to official data, the education cluster targets 3.8 million children, which is only 30 percent of the children in need as per 2023 calculations and planning.
Against this backdrop, it said teaching and learning materials were distributed to 357,948 children, and back-to-school campaigns have been held in all regions, including Amhara and Tigray, where children's access to learning has been disrupted.