It breaks my heart to see photos of children hurt by war. I am thankful and fortunate that my child is growing up without fear of bombs, bullets or starvation. But for one in five children around the world, conflict is a reality they face daily.
When children are exposed to conflict, both their lives and their futures are at risk. Education is often attacked or disrupted. Some schools are deliberately bombed, torched and destroyed while students and teachers are threatened or killed at and on the way to school. Some 27 million children are out of school in 24 conflict-affected countries.
Access to safe learning environments is essential for a child’s well-being and can play a supportive role after traumatic events.
At a time when there are 142 million children living in high-intensity conflict zones, it is critical for Congress to act to condemn attacks on schools and underscore the importance of education for children affected by conflict. Thankfully, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution, HR 277, to ensure children living in conflict zones have access to safe and quality education.