Main Barriers to Education
- Conflict affected
- Insecurity & instability
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
Educate A Child (EAC) has partnered with UNHCR to bring quality primary education to refugee children in 12 priority countries.
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.
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 .
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.
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.