Somali refugee children at a primary school in Dagahaley camp - home to 99,000 (photo:dpa)

The importance of education in post-conflict Africa

Providing young people access to education is vital in the aftermath of war. Not only do educational opportunities facilitate an easier return to normal life but skills developed through education are necessary for employment and economic prosperity. Lack of education for the young increases the likelihood of a return to conflict and is a source of poverty and economic stagnation. Studies in two war-torn zones in sub-Saharan Africa demonstrate schooling can provide hope for the future.

<i>Schooling has huge benefits to those who can access it in sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of provision and disparity of education can increase the likelihood of conflict. Conflict destroys infra...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Lack of schooling and education can cause higher youth unemployment and poverty. Both are associated with increased risk of conflict
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