UN Reveals Issues About Female Refugees Not Enrolling to Schools

The United Nations (UN) revealed on Wednesday that the refugee girls are having difficult to continue their education due to what they call “formidable barriers.”

There are only 50% girls who are about to consider their secondary school.

According to the reported news through AFP, the refugee girls are having difficulty in making a decision to continue their secondary school because of “formidable barriers” or possible hindrances, as detailed by the UN.

Based on the information provided by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), majority of the affected girls are those exiled and cannot easily access the right schools to pursue their education.

“There are formidable barriers to overcome. We are calling for an international effort to turn the tide,” as stated by Filippo Grandi who is the current chief of UNHCR.

From the recorded data of the agency in 2017, nearly 3.5 million children from the refugee sites are not studying, particularly those who need to pursue their secondary and higher education. From the revealed data last September, they found out that only 23% of the refugee children are studying in the secondary level.

This is way below than the 84% percent regular children across the globe who studies their secondary level.

The agency likewise reported that the male refugees who enrolled for the secondary school might just have the same number with the female refugees, which the figure reveal that possibly 50% enrollees only.

There are issues that the expenditure about the school uniforms and books is the main problem on why many refugee girls are not planning to study. On the other hand, the concern about giving priority education to the refugee males is what affects the female refugees, the news online added.

From the point of view of the agency as detailed on the report also, most families are keeping their girls at home for various household activities such as taking good care of their young sibling and in collecting fuel or water supply. In addition to this, families do not permit their female teenagers because they worry about the potential sexual harassment, insufficient suppliers for their menstrual period and unclean toilets for them in school.

According to the UNHCR chief, neglecting the female refugees to have proper education will have a huge impact for the coming generations.


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