“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”1
Education is believed to empower individuals and eliminate poverty. Education as a human right is being discussed on the local, national, and international levels. The most recent global initiatives, such as Education for All (EFA), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the latest “Education First”, launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki -Moon, indicate that education is a priority for governments worldwide. Nevertheless, there were about 61 million children out of school in 2010, and 56 million are predicted to be out of school in 20152. This website focuses on one of the most marginalized groups, members of which do not often have access to education, but are also exposed to severe violence and abuse – Child Soldiers. You will find here information on child soldiers, and explore the causes, impacts, and policies around them. We also provide a list of recommendations, and an overview of the existinginitiatives on child soldiers so that you can get involved.
According to UNICEF, there were about 300,000 child soldiers in 2003 in more than 30 conflict zones worldwide. However, the exact data on child soldiers is unknown.
Whether it is 300,000 or 100,000, or even 100 child soldiers, we believe it should be none. We believe children deserve education, not guns.
1 Bellamy, C. (1999). The state of the world’s children 1999: Education. UNICEF
3 Paris Principles and guidelines on children associated with armed forces or armed groups, February 2007.
5 BBC news