UN says two million Syrian children deprived of education

Additional 400,000 Syrian children are expected to be at risk of dropping out due to ongoing conflict within country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Displaced Syrian children

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesman on Tuesday said in a press conference in Geneva that more than 2 million children in Syria have been deprived of education.

"There are 5,000 schools across the country that cannot be used because they have been destroyed, damaged, converted to shelter for displaced families or for military use," said UNICEF spokesman, Christophe Boulierac.

As a result of the four-year-long conflict in Syria and due to displacement all over the country, additional 400,000 children are expected to be unable to join a school in 2015.

"The crisis continues to wipe out years of achievements in education. Some children in Syria have never been inside a classroom, while others lost up to four years of their schooling," Boulierac added.

So far the death toll in Syria has reached 300,000, and the refugee influx into the European countries have been described by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein as the highest in a generation.

More than 6.7 million are internally displaced, out of the country's population of 22 million people, while at least 5.4 million have fled the country into the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

The war in Syria started in 2011 in the form of anti-government peaceful demonstrations, but descended into a civil war between five main groups - the regime, the armed opposition, the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, ISIS, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia.


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