UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on how education is helping displaced children in Pakistan.
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Education Helps Displaced Children in Pakistan
Chris Niles: Although his life has been turned upside down by the recent conflict, ten year old Ikram Ullah has one thing to look forward to, his lessons. He and his two sisters are attending the UNICEF-supported Chota Lahore Camp School in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier province.
The family has been driven out of their homes in Buner District.
Ikram Ullah: Over there we could not go to school. Here there is no bombing. Here we aren’t scared. We like studying and now we come to school happily.
Chris Niles: Nearly 900 students are enrolled at the primary school which is one of 32 that UNICEF has set up in camps for the displaced.
Haseena Begum: UNICEF is providing special assistance and is giving books and stationery to these children. We are ensuring that the children’s education does not suffer and they complete their academic year.
Chris Niles: The numbers of displaced people are increasing daily, and so is the demand for schooling. UNICEF is trying to find new spaces to house temporary schools.
Shandana Aurangzeb Durrani: The majority of those who have been displaced by the conflict have been women and children Many of these children have been heavily traumatized by their experiences and their daily life routine has been totally disrupted.
Chris Niles: School is one of the best ways to ensure that children in conflict do not suffer more than necessary. UNICEF is focused on making sure that a child’s right to receive an education is not disrupted, no matter what the circumstances of their lives.
This is Chris Niles reporting for UNICEF Television, Unite for Children.