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Burkina Faso: Millions of out-of-school children at increased risk of violence across the Sahel

Save the Children warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is a children’s crisis, having a deep impact on their learning and safety

Millions of children in the central Sahel region who are out of school[1] due to conflict, recent flooding, and COVID-19, are at a higher risk of falling victim to violence, Save the Children warned today. Children in areas in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger face a daily risk of kidnappings, killing,…

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Coronavirus: Save the Children – Almost 600 million children completely missed out on Financial Support during COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 outbreak just 35% of children globally received social protection benefits, falling to 28% in Asia and as little as 16% in Africa

Families from at least 594 million children in low-and-middle income countries did not receive any child and family-specific financial support from their governments to face the COVID-19 pandemic, Save the Children revealed today. Millions of families have been pushed over the brink of poverty since the start of the outbreak as parents…

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Tens of thousands forced out of school by floods in Sub-Saharan Africa

The floods mean extra barriers to education, in areas where rising hunger, ongoing conflict, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have already affected children's learning

Tens of thousands of children in Sub-Saharan Africa have been forced out of school or seen the start of their academic year delayed after heavy floods drove them from their homes and destroyed classrooms, Save the Children said today. The organisation is urging governments to step up repair work on…

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Coronavirus: 150 million additional children plunged into poverty due to COVID-19, UNICEF, Save the Children say

The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic

New analysis reveals the number of children living in multidimensional poverty – without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation, or water – has increased by 15 per cent since the start of the pandemic. The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Save the Children commends Government’s decision to re-open schools in South Sudan

The decision to re-open schools puts the smile on the face of 2.2 Million children whose right to education was impacted by over six months of schools’ closure

The government of South Sudan has decided that “all the higher institutions of learning and schools should be opened,” Minister of information, Michael Makuei, told the press after a cabinet meeting on Friday 9 September 2020. Rama Hansraj, Save the Children’s Country Director in South Sudan said: “Save the Children…

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Coronavirus - Africa: 275-Strong world leaders’ group warns of tragic ‘COVID generation’ - Millions of children hit as education faces $150 billion of cuts

The leaders - including many presidents and prime ministers - say urgent measures are now required and as country lockdowns come to an end

A group of 275 former world leaders, economists and educationalists have called on G20 nations and other countries to take action to prevent the global health crisis creating a ‘COVID generation’ - tens of millions of children with no hope of an education. The leaders - including many presidents and…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: Violence cuts off access to health services for 14,000 children

Halth facilities were the only two centres which provided health and nutrition services for children in the area

A spike in tribal violence in western Darfur in Sudan has cut off more than 14,000 children from life-saving health services, as Save the Children was forced to close two health facilities and its field office in Masterei. The health facilities were the only two centres which provided health and…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 pushed victims of child trafficking and exploitation into further isolation - Save the Children

These children and adolescents are often deprived of their right to education, as 10% of them have never been to school and about a quarter have not gone beyond middle school

One in twenty child victims of sexual exploitation worldwide is under eight years old; increase in demand for child pornography in Europe; ahead of *World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (Thursday 30 July 30th), Save the Children releases report on child trafficking and exploitation; the COVID-19 crisis has changed the…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Save the Children calls on the government of South Sudan to review COVID-19 measures on school closure as violence against children surges

Save the Children held three consecutive webinars with children across South Sudan on how COVID-19 is affecting their lives whilst they remain at home

2.2 million children are missing out on education and children demand schools to be reopened; Sexual violence and child marriage is on the rise amongst girls in South Sudan; 1 in 3 schools have been damage, destroyed, occupied or closed; Only 3.5% of girls are enrolled in secondary schools. Save…

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Coronavirus - Niger: 1.2 million children and young people were out of school because of COVID-19

Children in Niger run the highest risk in the world of not returning to school after COVID-19 lockdown measures are lifted

An additional 1.2 million children and young people were pushed out of school in Niger at the peak of the restrictive COVID-19 measures in the country, bringing the total number who were not receiving an education to 3.8 million[i]. Although schools have now reopened, many of these pupils may never go back…