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UNITED NATIONS: A third of children miss school

In developing countries, children have no access to school because they are forced to work or are in war zones. In 2015, United Nations member states approved the goal of providing free and accessible primary and secondary school to all children by 2030.

About a third of children in developing nations miss school because they must work, and the same number say their schools are unsafe. Overall, some 59 million children do not attend primary school, according to UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency.

In one of his weekly general audiences, Pope Francis stressed the importance of promoting children’s rights. The pontiff made an appeal “to everyone’s conscience, institutions and families, that children always be protected and their wellbeing safeguarded, so that they never fall prey to forms of slavery, recruitment for armed groups, and mistreatment.”


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