Syria: 2.5 million children without school, UNICEF

After 10 years of war, one in three schools out of use

25 January, 15:33

    BEIRUT - A few weeks before the tenth anniversary of the start of armed violence in Syria, UNICEF said "there are over 2,4 million children who are not going to school, 40% of whom are girls". "This number has probably increased in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that has exacerbated the interruption of education in Syria".
    In a newly released statement, the organization said that "children in Syria continue to bear the brunt of the crisis" in a context in which the "education system is overburdened, underfinanced, fragmented and unable to provide safe, fair and sustainable services for millions of children".
    "One in three schools cannot be used because they have been destroyed, damaged or used for military purposes. Children who are able to attend school often learn in overcrowded classrooms and in buildings with inadequate sanitary facilities, electricity, heating or ventilation".
    The UN, UNICEF recalled, has so far been able to confirm that 700 military attacks have been carried out over the last years against school facilities and personnel. In 2020, the UN documented 52 attacks against Syrian schools. 

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