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In 2018, about 260 million children and youth did not go to school, according to data collected by the United Nations. That’s one in every five worldwide. And 617 million youth worldwide lacked basic mathematics and literacy skills, according to a survey from the year before.
Conflict-affected areas are particularly hard-hit. About 50 percent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in such areas. Close to four million child refugees, predominantly from conflict-affected countries, could not enroll in school. Children with disabilities are frequently denied school, overlooked and uncounted. Girls are particularly vulnerable to dropping out due to sexual harassment, child marriage, and gender discrimination. Taliban acid attacks against Afghan girls who go to school have garnered significant media coverage, but the problem is much more extensive………………..