Helsinki forum on Syria: the children’s struggle for education

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UNICEF School - Lebanon | ©UNICEF/Lebanon

A new interactive documentary providing an intimate look into the lives of Syrian school-aged children living as refugees in Lebanon was launched by UNICEF today. #ImagineaSchool provides a first-hand account of the challenges Syrian refugees face in their struggle to access education.

UNICEF released the stories of 19 children to coincide with the start of the Helsinki forum on the humanitarian situation in Syria (23 - 24 January), with the aim of bringing a human face to the challenges being discussed at the conference.

UNICEF school | ©UNICEF/LebanonAround half of Syrian school-aged children in Lebanon - 187,000 - are out of school. The country hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world. Instead of getting an education, thousands of Syrian children, some as young as six years old, are working in agriculture, factories, construction and on the streets.

UNICEF and the Government of Lebanon have provided more than 150,000 Syrian refugee children with access to public schools. To get more children into quality learning, UNICEF is appealing for US$240 million for education programmes in Lebanon for 2017.

 “Working with the government, donors and partners, we have managed to get nearly half of Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon into learning. Now it‘s time to reach the other half so that every child gets a chance to get a quality education,” said UNICEF Lebanon Representative Tanya Chapuisat.


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