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Spotlight: New York

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Muzoon, a Goodwill Ambassador for Unicef,  brought awareness to the 27 million children who are out of school and living in conflict. She deployed 27 empty school buses carrying powerful messages including “School zones shouldn’t be war zones”; “Tonight’s homework shouldn’t include hiding,” and “Avoiding landmines shouldn’t be an extracurricular activity.”

Muzoon was forced to give up her education as their family fled unspeakable violence in Syria in 2013. She came to the United Nations headquarters in New York, ahead of the UN General Assembly, to call on world leaders to prioritize education for every child uprooted by war, violence and poverty. The buses travelled from Brooklyn through lower Manhattan to Times Square!

A staggering 27 million children aged between 6 and 15 years old are currently being denied their right to education due to conflicts not of their making.

Food for Thought: Have you ever faces obstacles & challenges trying to go to school?