Nearly half of Afghan children out of school: UNICEF

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Nearly half of Afghan children out of school: UNICEF

United Nations: The United Nations’ Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that ongoing conflict, poverty and discrimination have left nearly half of children in Afghanistan out-of- schools.

A UNICEF report released today said that worsening security seen in recent years, and engrained poverty and discrimination eliminate education gains made between 2002 and 2016.

The report said that 307 million nearly half of all Afghan children aged between 7 to 17 years old, are out of school.

Girls account for 60 per cent of the out-of-school population, putting them at a particular disadvantage, and compounding gender-based discrimination.

Report said that in the worst-affected provinces including Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul and Uruzgan,up to 85 percent of girls are not going to school.