The 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education was recently highlighted in two feature articles by Voice of America (see Part I and Part II). As we described in the Report, conflict has a devastating effect on education. But parents and communities in conflict zones see maintaining children’s access to education as a high priority.
One example of this comes from Afghanistan, where communities created schools in camps and abandoned buildings when they could no longer use traditional school buildings. “Some of the community schools started as girls’ schools that were literally in people’s houses,” Pauline Rose, director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, told Voice of America. “Some women would set them up with girls in the community – they would obviously need to hide away from the Taliban at that time. Then, as they became more widespread, they became more established and started to get external support. Now they have become part of the formal education system.”