The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs explains that of the 6,515 schools expected to open in the 2022/2023 school year, only 3,013 were operational.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just published its report on the humanitarian situation in Cameroon. From this report we learn that “of the 6,515 schools which should open their doors during the 2022/2023 school year, only 3,013 were operational (at least 54% of schools are still closed) insecurity being the main reason”. “ Many children in the affected areas do not have secure access to education, with the exception of non-formal education, provided by certain partners ”, adds the document.
According to the UN, the funds are not sufficient to meet the high demand. “Funds are limited to reach all children in need and enable them to access formal or non-formal learning opportunities where possible.”
The UN also adds that in urban areas, schools are in high demand and there is not enough space to accommodate more children. “Some of them have to travel long distances to get to school, which exposes them to various protection risks. Some children who stay in rural areas where schools are not operational in order to benefit from non-formal learning”.