September 21, 2018
Latest News

UNICEF: Mexico slowness in post-quake school rebuilding fosters dropping out

Mexico City, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- Mexico's slow pace in rebuilding schools damaged by the September 2017 earthquakes means that many students are still attending classes just a few days per week, a situation that fosters dropping out, according to a report published Wednesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In its report on the humanitarian situation of Mexican children and teenagers a year after the Sept. 7 and 19 quakes, UNICEF emphasized the continued existence of the temporary classrooms created to provide classes for children until their schools were rebuilt.

The children whose schools were damaged attend fewer hours of class - just two to three hours per day - and often attend just two or three days per week, UNICEF said.

Among the factors creating shorter school days are that the tents set up for the classes get incredibly hot, a lack of sanitary facilities and the scarcity of potable water.

Work remains to be done on some 19,784 schools that were damaged in the quakes, according to figures presented in the report.

According to the figures presented by UNICEF, there are 1,567 schools in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, both hard-hit by the temblors and suffering from his poverty indexes, where reconstruction work has not even begun due to lack of funds.

Other sources consulted say that up until June work had not begun on 2,916 schools.

UNICEF representative in Mexico Christian Skoog told EFE that "the risk is that (children) may not return to school because they've lost a lot of time or have found a job."

The school dropout rate particularly affects kids in the higher grades, many of whom have entered the labor force to earn money and contribute to their families' welfare.

Over the long term, it is incumbent on the authorities and society to reflect on the actions taken after the quakes "to be able to strengthen the response ability" with an eye toward future emergencies, Skoog said.

He emphasized the importance of having a comprehensive information system that will help to focus on the needs in emergency situations.

After the pair of quakes, Skoog said, each local or regional district provided different figures for the number of damaged schools and homes and this system needs to be "harmonized" to "ensure a better response."

News history
Shia Muslims take part in Ashura processions in Pakistan's Quetta

Quetta, Pakistan, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- Shia Muslims marched through Quetta in the restive Balochistan province in Pakistan Friday to mark Ashura day, a...

New York archdiocese names ex-judge to review abuse cases

New York, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Thursday named retired Federal Judge Barbara Jones to conduct an "independent, scrupulous"...

Mexico's Isla Espiritu Santo, a jewel of biodiversity in the Sea of Cortes

La Paz, Mexico, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- From the turquoise-colored bay of La Paz, near the southern tip of Baja California, one can discern part of Isla Espiritu...

Paraguay's president launches dialogue on education reform

Asuncion, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez and his education minister on Thursday launched a social dialogue aimed at devising...

Iranians commemorate Ashura with street festivities

Tehran, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people poured into the streets in parts of the Iranian capital on Thursday to mark the Muslim holy day of Ashura, as...

Iraqi Shia Muslims commemorate Ashura

Baghdad, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shia on Thursday commemorated the Muslim holy day of Ashura.

Homeless babies, a stark, everyday reality blighting the streets of Paris

Saint-Denis (France), Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Paris, the eternal city of light and romance hides, in plain sight, an obscure reality of homeless, pregnant...

Putin advocates end to gender inequality at Eurasion Women´s Forum, Russia

Moscow, Sep 20 (EFE).- The president of Russia called for an end to global gender inequality whilst defending a traditional family unit at the Eurasion...

Devout Pakistani Shia Muslims self-flagellate, mourn in Ashura procession

Peshawar (Pakistan), Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Shia Muslims commemorating the traditional Ashura festival on Thursday marched through the streets of the northern...

Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon march in commemoration of Ashura

Beirut, Sep 20, (efe-epa).- Thousands of Hezbollah supporters crowded the streets of the Lebanese capital on Thursday in commemoration of the Muslim holy...

Woman publicly caned in Indonesia's Aceh for sex outside of marriage

Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Authorities in the northwestern Indonesian province of Aceh on Thursday administered public canings against a man...

Activists pay respects to man who fell, died at protest camp in German forest

Morschenich (Germany), Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Environmental activists camped out in an ancient forest in western Germany on Thursday lit candles and paid their...

114 migrants rescued off Cartagena, Spain's southeastern Mediterranean coast

Murcia, Spain, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Over 100 migrants who were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe aboard small boats were...

Australians protest court decision in Bowraville murders

Sydney, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Protests were held in Australia on Thursday against a recent decision by the state's highest court striking down an appeal for a...

Australian Medical Association demands action on Nauru humanitarian crisis

Sydney, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- The Australian Medical Association on Thursday demanded from the government urgent action to a humanitarian emergency at the...

Afghan Shias defy threat of terrorist attacks to celebrate Ashura

Kabul, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of thousands of members of the Shia minority in Afghanistan were Thursday going to mosques and shrines to celebrate...

Jalisco attorney general dismissed over abandoned corpses scandal

Guadalajara, Mexico, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- The Attorney general of Jalisco state was dismissed Wednesday over a scandal, where corpses from the Jalisco...

No change in Naguabo a year after Maria struck Puerto Rico

Naguabo, Puerto Rico, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- One day before the one-year anniversary of the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico, residents...

Colombian scientist looks at role neurons play in aging process

Bogota, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Colombian neurophysiologist Rodolfo Llinas, who has dedicated his career to studying the brain, is investigating autophagy in...

Muslims across the globe prepare to commemorate Ashura religious holiday

Tehran, Sep 19, (efe-epa).- Muslims across the globe were on Wednesday preparing to celebrate the Ashura religious holiday, which is observed by all Muslims...

Zimbabwe president visits cholera patients amid deadly outbreak

Harare, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- The president of Zimbabwe on Wednesday visited patients at a hospital in the capital Harare amid a cholera outbreak in the...

Indian government makes Muslim instant divorce a criminal offense

New Delhi, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- The Indian cabinet Wednesday passed an executive order making the Islamic practice of triple talaq - that allowed Muslim men...

Pope Francis calls for parents to never be insulted

Vatican City, Sep, 19 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis called on people to refrain from insulting parents or addressing them using blasphemous language during the...

Thailand launches anti-dengue campaign after more than 60 people die

Bangkok, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Officials in the Thai capital were Wednesday spraying chemicals in residential areas to kill mosquitos amid a campaign to combat...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.