For the current year, of the 6,515 schools scheduled to open in the 2022/2023 school year, only 3,013 were operational (at least 54% of schools are still closed), insecurity being the main reason. This is a finding of a report recently published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
“Many children in the affected areas do not have safe access to education, except for non-formal education, provided by some partners," the document states. The UN body also reported that in urban areas that have taken in large numbers of displaced people, schools are in high demand and there is not enough space to accommodate more children. "Some of them have to travel long distances to get to school, which exposes them to various protection insecurity. Some children who remain in rural areas where schools are not operational benefit from non-formal learning," the report said, stressing that funds are limited to reach all children in need and enable them to access formal or non-formal learning opportunities where possible.