BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict, seasonal flooding and nutrition crisis.
Under the leadership of the Malian government and in collaboration with partners, UNICEF is mobilising teachers and parents to get children back to school and give them an improved education.
Across Mali, about 9,000 teachers will receive training throughout the 2013–2014 academic year. In addition, temporary learning spaces will be set up and minor repairs undertaken while damaged schools are rehabilitated. About 15,000 of the pupils will listen to lessons at new desks as part of the refurbishment efforts.
[KENYA] More than 15,000 children have dropped out of school due to lack of food in Turkana. Transport hitches and shortage of funding has disrupted Turkana schools feeding programme.
Feeding programmes in the region are funded by government and donors. Education director in Turkana Nicodemus Anyang yesterday said many children have not reported to schools since the begin of the third term due to delays in distribution of relief food.
The World Food Programme has suspended distribution of relief food to schools in parts of Turkana due to inaccessibility. “We have had challenges in reaching many of the schools because of poor roads and insecurity,” said Anyang on the phone.
More than 40,000 children especially those in Early Childhood Development schools are usually supported through the ECD programmes.