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Save the Children decries violations of minors' rights

12 December 2014, 10:01Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Save the Children, the children’s rights group, bemoaned the violation of minors’ rights to education in conflict-afflicted regions.

Nigeria, where the Boko Haram sect has targeted schools in its reign of terror, is among countries experiencing such violations of children’s rights to education.

“Children have the right to education even when living in countries affected by conflict," said Carolyn Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children.

The official made reference to recent attacks on schools and school children in Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.

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In Nigeria, more than 200 schoolgirls are still untraceable after the Boko haram sect members stormed a government school for girls and kidnapped them in Chibok, Borno State.

“Attacks on schools cause irreparable damage to children's education by cutting off their access to school, as well as seriously impeding their learning outcomes. Such attacks and the military use of schools can also put children's and teachers' lives at serious risk, and cause massive damage to educational systems. These attacks gravely go against every child's right to an education and are in direct violation of international humanitarian law.”

According to Save the Children, children's right to education is under attack in more than 70 countries, causing millions of children to lose out on school because of war and conflict.

- CAJ News


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