Syrian Arab Republic

Syria is a country of 14 provinces with its capital based in Damascus. Its economy has deteriorated steadily amid the ongoing conflict that began in 2011, declining by an estimated 62 percent from 2010 to 2014. The government has struggled to address the effects of international sanctions, widespread infrastructure damage, diminished domestic consumption and production and rising inflation, which has led to spiking budget and trade deficits, a shrinking value of the Syrian pound and falling household purchasing power.

Syrian Arab Republic
source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • Conflict affected
  • Insecurity & instability
  • Poverty

Interventions to Barriers

  • Data maintenance and analysis
  • School management and teacher training
  • Psychosocial support

UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) has characterised the education sector in Syria as a “tragedy for a generation of children whose chances of a quality education – or any education at all – have disappeared.” Prior to the conflict, Syria was one in a handful of Arab countries, which had been recognised for its progress towards the MDGs, including 100 percent primary school enrolment.

The conflict, now in its fifth year, has destroyed school infrastructure and spawned scores of internally displaced people and refugees, nearly overwhelming the capacity of neighbouring states, such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

To help redress Syria’s besieged education sector, EAC has partnered with UNRWA, UNHCR and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to increase education access to OOSC affected by the conflict; provide a psychosocial and survival skills support system; deliver learning content adapted to the aggravated setting; improve the quality of teaching; ensure safe learning environments; construct/rehabilitate learning spaces; and train school management staff.                                                              


Geographic Location: Middle East

Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic and Circassian


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Educate A Child Partnership

Successfully Completed Project

Educate A Child (EAC) has partnered with UNHCR to bring quality primary education to refugee children in 12 priority countries.

Education for Out of School Syrian Refugee/IDP Children

Successfully Completed Project

In partnership with EAC, the US fund for UNICEF aims to provide quality primary education to 250,000 out of school Syrian refugee and internally displaced children.

Education for Palestinian Refugee Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict

Successfully Completed Project

Together, EAC and UNRWA, through the Education for Palestinian Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict project brought quality primary education to 66,969 out of school Palestinian Refugee Children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria .
Enabling, Encouraging & Excelling

Enabling, Encouraging & Excelling

As the global refugee protection agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is responsible for ensuring that refugee children have access to quality education in their countries of asylum. There are over 2.7 million refugee children out of school in 12 targeted project countries.
Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

Successfully Completed Project

The crisis in Syria is now in its fifth year and every day the risk of a lost generation of children grows. Nearly 14 million children have been affected by escalating conflict. Half of all Syrians are displaced and close to 2 million children have fled for neighboring countries and are living in overcrowded camps, inadequate informal settlements, or host communities, where tensions are rising between refugee and local populations.
Increasing Access to Education for OOSC through the Self-Learning Programme

Increasing Access to Education for OOSC through the Self-Learning Programme

In partnership, Educate A Child and UNICEF USA aim to reach and enrol 366,286 out of school children (OOSC) in Syria via the Increasing Access to Education for OOSC through the Self-Learning Programme (SLP) in four years. The project is administered through the Whole of Syria approach.



EAC partnership with UNHCR will ensure quality education for over 448,000 refugee children. UNHCR and EAC’s shared commitment to children in the most extreme circumstances help to ensure that all children in crisis situations have the opportunity to gain from the benefits of basic education.


In partnership, EAC and UNICEF USA are providing quality primary education to 95,000 displaced children in Syria through offices in Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep.


EAC and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East partnered to provide quality basic education to Palestinian children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.