The children of the village of Sezin fleeing the war lose their right to education

It has been about 3 years since the students of Sezin village in Hpakant township, who fled due to fighting between the Military Council and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), lost their right to education .

Since July 16, due to fighting between the army and the KIA, more than 2,000 residents of the village of Sezin have had to flee to the neighboring villages of Hongpa and Tamakan. Until now, war refugees live in these villages with the help of local social organizations.

Prior to the fighting, schools in Sézin were closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Again, the children cannot study this school year because they are fleeing the war.

Some parents fear that their children’s education will be interrupted, so they try to continue the education of the students in any way possible, such as organizing lessons outside or sending the children to nearby schools, a mother de Sézin who fled the war told Myitkyina News Journal.

“My son is in 8th grade. He hasn’t been to school for 3 years. Also, I have a daughter who is in first grade. They were sent to external courses to study. They also took the computer course. We made sure that the children were sent to nearby places so that they could continue their studies,” she explained.

When it’s hard to make a living, parents can’t focus on raising their children, so some young people get married before they’re old enough, another Sézin resident said.

“When the war broke out, families were left homeless and lost their belongings. When parents and children were forced to flee to war refugee camps, they suffered greatly. No documents are required to study. Currently, it is almost impossible for children to continue their studies,” added the villager of Sézin.

In addition, parents fear that if their children are educated together, it will happen like the incident in Layatkone village in Sagaing region, so that children’s education is getting further and further apart, said the local section.

Usually there are around 1200 pupils in Sézin who study in the basic education schools. Currently, most children fleeing war are primary and secondary school students.

During the clashes, Military Council troops burned down around 400 houses in the village of Sezin and killed around 50 villagers, according to locals.

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