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23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

"Whether caused by poor construction or natural catastrophes, school collapses invariably have disastrous effects on children," said Cream Wright, UNICEF Global Chief of Education. "Schools must be safe places where children can learn and thrive."

The year 2008 was marked by a number of school collapses - many of them fatal - in various parts of the world.

Following the 3 May cyclone in Myanmar, more than 4,000 schools still need to be repaired or …