Every child has the right to an education.

Education transforms lives and breaks the cycle of poverty that traps so many children. Education for girls is particularly important — an educated mother will make sure her own children go to, and stay in, school.

But around the world, 59 million primary school children are not in the classroom, and the number is growing. Across the Middle East and North Africa, some 13 million children are not in school because of conflict and war. Nearly 9,000 schools in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya are not in use because they have been damaged or destroyed. 

Whether it means bringing education to child refugees, building child-friendly schools, making classrooms mobile, training teachers or even rebuilding an entire educational system—UNICEF will do whatever it takes to support a child's right to learn.

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