Child Alert - Horn of Africa UNICEF

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A teacher in an empty classroom, Ethiopia.

Falling behind

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UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports from northern Kenya on children forced to drop out of school.

School attendance is usually low among pastoralist children because education services and infrastructure are inadequate for people who generally have no fixed abode, and who cross and re-cross borders as they move from pasture to pasture. During a drought, children must spend time caring for their siblings and the dwindling herd rather than attending school. Teachers move with the tribe but may be too concerned with their own survival to be able to teach.