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From Fawaz's home in a makeshift refugee camp just across the border from Syria where he lives with his now-displaced family, one danger has been traded for another.Today, about 1 million Syrian refugee children are out of school.According to UNESCO, currently only 2.7 percent of total humanitarian aid is allocated to education.The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, which I have the privilege to chair, has issued an urgent call for an increase in education funding to a level of 4-6 percent of total humanitarian assistance.Securing this financing would significantly improve the ability of countries like Uganda and Chad (which is sheltering more than 800,000 refugees from the violence in northern Nigeria and Libya, of which 300,000 are of school age) to provide refugee children an education. Whereas 91 percent of children globally attend primary school, only 51 percent of refugee children do.Nearly 84 percent of adolescents around the world attend secondary school, compared to just 22 percent of refugee adolescents.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
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