SDG4: Quality education
Gun violence can make the journey from home to school prohibitively dangerous, limiting access to education. Schools often find it difficult to find and retain teaches for violence affected neighbourhoods both due to the presence of gun violence and a significant lack of resources for the education system, partially due to limited investment as a result of gun violence. In some communities, when education seems unattainable, kids are forced into organized crime networks in order to protect and support their families. When shootings occur at schools the consequences are devastating and life-long, for families of the victims and for the psychological wellbeing of survivors. For young girls these dangers can amplify other restrictive norms which prevent their access to education.
“Pervasive violence means even walking a short distance from home to school could mean getting caught in crossfire between police and armed groups.”
UNHCR video about children having to flee insecurity