April 20, 2016 - Shelly Culbertson

April 20, 2016
Shelly Culbertson

A mind, they say, is a terrible thing to waste, and the frustration of people whose minds are being wasted can lead them to lay waste wherever they are through crime, terrorism of just random, angry violence.

Think about that, and then think about this: the United Nations estimates that right now more than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are out of school, getting no education in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, where most of them are living. 700,000 minds a-wasting, 700,000 youngsters, most with long lives ahead of them, with an ever-growing motivation to do something bad.

Again, the UN estimate is that Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan together house close to four million Syrian refugees.  17.5% of them are children out of school.

And now, a truly scary number, world-wide, the accepted UN estimate is that there are 60 million people have been forced out of their homes because of war, conflict and persecution—the highest level of displacement in the history of the world.  If the educational opportunities for children fleeing places like Somalia or Eritrea, Afghanistan, Honduras or El Salvador is no different from what’s offered kids on the run from Syria, thats more than 10 million lost youths, headed for child labor, low-pay jobs, sexual or economic slavery and a thirst for revenge.

Reading Room

“Education of Syrian Refugee Children” – RAND Corporation

“Initiatives to Improve Quality of Education in the Kurdistan Region – Iraq” – RAND Corporation

“Making an Impact in the Kurdistan Region — Iraq” – RAND Corporation

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