(Newsroom America) -- Many of schools in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu have been damaged or destroyed, leaving nearly 45,000 school-aged children without access to education, says Save the Children.
Save the Children's Tom Skirrow in Vanuatu said, the cyclone has effectively knocked out Vanuatu's schools system.
"It is estimated that nearly 45,000 school-aged children cannot go to school, mainly because their school has been damaged, destroyed or is presently being used as an evacuation center for people made homeless by the cyclone," he said.
"We expect that schools will remain closed for some time. Children who are out of school are at increased risk of exploitation or abuse. There will likely be a need both for temporary learning spaces and support for school rehabilitation, so that children can resume learning as soon as possible," said Skirrow.
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