Reprinted from GIMUN Chronicles
Translated by Amy Reid
In the event of a crisis, it is children who are the first to suffer the effects of the political and economic instability of a country. In a country in conflict, schools are very often damaged or even destroyed, something which encourages parents to refuse to send their children to school. School buildings are also used as temporary residences or for military means. The authorities are so preoccupied with war that the education of these children is often pushed into the background. Many flee from zones of conflict, but for those who do not migrate, life becomes all the more difficult. This is the case for example, in Syria. Since the beginning of the war, the rate of schooling in the country has dropped drastically. Syria, despite having a rate of schooling of 95% in 2006, today has the second lowest rate of schooling in the world. Young girls are the first to bear the brunt of this. Since the beginning of the war, the number of forced marriages amongst young Syrian girls has doubled. Of the 101 million out-of-school children in the world today, the majority are girls, excluded from the education system and deprived of their basic right to education.