First day back at school for 200,000 Syrian refugees
This week the world leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly have the opportunity to step up and meet this need through funding commitments to education.
As they met, Monday marked the first day of a new school year for 200,000 Syrian students living in Lebanon. Their families fled for their lives from the terrible conflict but these children just want to be normal and have an education.
One way is to back the plan of action to get one million Syrian children into school in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.
Three detailed reports – one for each country, which all border Syria – were published on September 10. They warned that a lack of donor funding is leaving vulnerable children out of classrooms and at risk of child labour, early marriage, exploitation and extremism.
The three reports and an executive summary – produced by the charityTheirworld in conjunction with A World at School and the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education) – were written after consultation with the governments of Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.