Since January 2004, an estimated 30 schools have been destroyed in southern Thailand, affecting some 5,000 students. Teachers have been intimidated and there is a fear that some schools may not reopen after the current holiday due to security considerations, according to UNICEF.
“We are dismayed by the number of young people who have been caught up in the violence and tragically lost their lives, and also the damage done to schools,” said Carol Bellamy, UNICEF’s Executive Director. “We urge everyone to respect children’s rights to safe and healthy lives, including the right to go to school,” she added.
The school supplies, including sports equipment, have been purchased by UNICEF with funds donated by the people of Thailand.
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Patrick McCormick, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific
Tel: 662 356 9407, Mobile: 661 906 0813