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Why girls’ education matters, even in a conflict zone

By Bayan Yammout      

A girl’s voice gets quieter as she grows if she is not armed with education.

When a conflict or a natural disaster occurs, education is often the first service to be interrupted and the last to be resumed. Girls are almost 2.5 times more likely than boys to be out of school, writes UNICEF Canada ambassador Bayan Yammout, centre. Photograph courtesy of UNICEF Canada

Growing up in a conflict zone, I know all too well how it feels to be told: “You can’t go to school today. It is too dangerous!” As a girl, I felt the frustration and anger of being stuck in an underground shelter instead of going to school, playing with my friends and learning new skills. Later, in my teenage years, I knew that a girl’s voice gets quieter as she grows if she is not armed with education. To make sure my voice was heard, I risked my life to go to school.

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