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Addressing Syria

Despite the strife and devastating impact of war on the country in all aspects, Syria continues to host one of the world’s largest urban refugee populations – more than 45,000 – of whom a considerable number of primary-aged children remain out of school.

Addressing Syria
January 15, 2014
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Although school for these refugee students remains free in Syria, school uniforms, stationery, and transportation are not.

In 2012, EAC, together with UNHCR Syria, initiated a grant programme that provided financial support to refugee families in Syria to enrol and retain out-of-school children in high-quality education programmes. That year, EAC and UNHCR successfully provided cash grants to benefit 9,522 refugee children in Syria, offsetting education-related financial burdens for families who would not otherwise be able to send their children to school.

Driven by a rights-based approach to its mandate, EAC Managing Director Dr Mary Pigozzi emphasises that

“in selecting our priority countries, we choose the most deserving – not the ones that make the headlines. Our work in Syria is part of a coordinated attempt to ensure that all primary-aged children fulfil their right to a quality primary education.”

EAC co-funds its partners’ activities with at least a 50–50 match and applies all funds raised directly to education projects, ensuring students get the most out of its endeavours.

This contribution is part of UNHCR’s wider education project for refugees living in Syria, one that also has included remedial academic programmes, exam preparation classes, specialised education programmes for students with learning difficulties, as well as scholarship programmes for students who are unable to cover their higher education tuition fees.

Educate A Child has also partnered with UNICEF, with whom the Delivering Primary Education During Crisis in Syria project aims to improve access to a high-quality primary education for Syria’s most vulnerable children; not only refugees but alsodeserving – not the ones that make the headlines. Our work in Syria

is part of a coordinated attempt to ensure that all primary-aged children fulfil their right to a quality primary education.”
EAC co-funds its partners’ activities with at least a 50–50 match and applies all funds raised directly to education projects, ensuring students get the most out of its endeavours.

This contribution is part of UNHCR’s wider education project for refugees living in Syria, one that also has included remedial academic programmes, exam preparation classes, specialised education programmes for students with learning difficulties, as well as scholarship programmes for students who are unable to cover their higher education tuition fees.

Educate A Child has also partnered with UNICEF, with whom the Delivering Primary Education During Crisis in Syria project aims to improve access to a high-quality primary education for Syria’s most vulnerable children; not only refugees but also native children, of whom UNICEF says some 1.9 million have been robbed of their right to education.

The project is set to benefit approximately 250,000 children between the ages of 5 and 14, for whom EAC has helped provide school bags outfitted with the necessary school supplies.

The project will also see the development of 50 educational protection centres (EPCs) to provide psychosocial support to traumatised children, as well as remedial programmes allowing the students to catch up with classes missed, and 45 prefabricated classrooms for 1,440 children.

All of this is done with the dedicated long-term aim of ensuring all students in Syria complete a full course of quality primary education to better not only their own lives, but the lives of all within Syria.


Image: © UNICEF