AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Children fast for too many days, too weak to go to school

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 hunger  

Daniel Rodriguez

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - Scholastic abandonment is one of the consequences of the Venezuelan crisis. It is estimated that between 2005 and 2015, 141,823 primary and secondary school students in the Country abandoned their studies, according to estimates by the Ministry of Education. Absenteeism from schools strengthened at the beginning of last year. Children no longer went to school in order to accompany parents in long queues to buy food in supermarkets. According to a local study, 30% of pupils of 70 schools in the State of Miranda do not go to school once or twice a week for this reason. Unfortunately, however, an even more dramatic reason that affects early school drop out is the fact that many children are forced to work to compensate for the expenses in their respective families. The crisis exacerbated in June 2016 when school abandonment reached 51%, more than 3000 children in 173 schools. More than half had been involved in the frantic search for food, and most said they had fear of not eating at home. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 01/03/2017)