Save the Children has calculated that 43 million – one third – of the 115 million primary-aged children not in school live in conflict-affected fragile states. As well as killing and injuring millions of children, conflict disrupts normal life. Families are forced to flee their homes and schools are destroyed. National budgets are diverted away from education, and the usual international response is to provide emergency aid, which rarely includes education. World leaders have promised to get all children into school by 2015. But current promises, even if they are kept, will not reach children in conflict-affected fragile states, where special measures are required. Based on its 80-years experience of working with children in conflict situations, Save the Children has pledged to get three million out-of-school children in conflict-affected fragile states into school by 2010, and to improve the quality of education for a total of eight million. Rewrite the Future also calls on national governments, donors and international agencies to take immediate and sustained action to ensure that the 43 million children in conflict-affected fragile states have access to good-quality education.
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