Imagine waking up to find your school reduced to rubble. This is the reality for millions of displaced children who have been caught in the middle of conflict and violence. When a region is plunged into conflict children bear the devastating consequences. The city of Marawi in the Philippines was devastated during five months of fighting. Families were forced to flee from their homes.
In those five months of conflict, more than 179,000 school-aged children were affected. In that time, there was 56 attacks on schools, education personnel and health-care facilities.
Teachers such as Hayamerah, remember that time well.
“You could feel the Impact of the bombing here,” Hayamerah says.
“But as teachers it was our responsibility to keep teaching during the chaos. I owe it to the children to be here."
UNICEF provides support to schools in the region that have been affected by this conflict by supplying books, pens and backpacks. $300 can provide a School in a Box, which provides all that a child needs to resume their education.