Twentytwo-year-old Nelson* is one of many Colombians who missed his initial chance at an education during the civil conflict. At 11, he was forced to flee his hometown and leave school because of violence and fighting between different armed groups in the area.
Following the peace agreement, Nelson has been able to resume his education and now dreams of becoming a veterinarian.
In Colombia, three out of ten children from rural areas have never attended school and about seven out of ten have been unable to complete their studies. Today, hope lies in education and the country must commit to expand educational coverage to reduce inequality and avoid a lost generation of youth, a key national resource.