NEW YORK, United States of America, 7 January 2013 – As the Syrian crisis rages on, approaching its fourth year, an entire generation of children is being shaped by violence, displacement and a persistent lack of opportunity – and could be lost forever, with profound long-term consequences for the Syrian Arab Republic, the region and beyond.
Release of paper by UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision and Save the Children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 - The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.
“Education Interrupted” highlights that since 2011 nearly 3 million children from Syria have been forced to quit their education as fighting has destroyed classrooms, left children too terrified to go to school, or seen families flee the country. Progress achieved over decades has been reversed in under three years.
Damascus/Amman, 26 November 2013 – Despite extraordinary challenges associated with the on-going conflict, UNICEF-supported school clubs in Syria have reached close to 290,000 children with remedial education and recreation activities.
The conflict is taking a serious toll on school infrastructure, limiting education opportunities for children across the country. Over 4,000 schools — or one in five — are either damaged or destroyed, or being used to shelter displaced families.
During a visit to Lebanon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake witnessed the country’s support for Syrian children living as refugees, and pledged continued assistance for their health, education and well-being.
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 4 November 2013 – Sitting under a tent in Kfar Zabad, Lebanon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake shared a moment with a beaming 6-year-old Syrian girl named Nana.