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UNICEF HIV/AIDS Campaign Calls on African Leaders to Abolish School Fees to Increase Enrollment
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on Wednesday urged African leaders to "join a global campaign to abolish all education and other costs for primary school-age children" as part of an initiative to "put education at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS." According to UNICEF, children who are
orphaned or impoverished by HIV/AIDS are least likely to attend school, with 19% fewer AIDS orphans enrolled in school compared to those with at least one living parent. Bellamy noted that funding for education in African countries is "inadequate," forcing local schools to seek financial support from families. Bellamy said, "We live in a world where children whose families cannot pay for tuition, uniforms, desks, pencils, books and building repairs are shut out of classrooms. ... There is no shortage of money to ensure every child's right to a free basic education." She added, "National governments can and should reallocate budgets to strengthen the education sector. The international community must relieve the debt that siphons resources from schools" (UNICEF release, 12/6).
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