For many of us, ‘back to school’ simply means that the holidays are now sadly over. But for children caught in ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic, ‘back to school’ means so much more: the road to stability, a safe environment, and a chance for a brighter future.
Central African Republic is currently one of the toughest places in the world for children. For the past two years, over 2.4 million children in Central African Republic have put a hold on their dreams for the future as ongoing conflict continues to deny every child’s right to education.
For some, schools have become damaged or overtaken by rebels to be used as their base. For others, there are not enough learning materials or teachers available.
In times of emergency, a school is not only a place for learning but also a place where children can find stability and safety even during stressful times of crisis.
Education is crucial for every child to thrive in life, especially after years of ongoing conflict. That’s why UNICEF is committed to fulfilling this basic right for all children – even in emergencies.
“I want to go to school so I can learn. School allows me to learn what life is all about. I came back and was able to see my friends again and be happy.”