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Education beyond the front line: Syria
A child’s well-being and safety are essential to their learning efforts and ability to grow and develop.
In Syria, preserving a secure and child-friendly environment has become increasingly challenging. Over the last five years, the children of Syria have been exposed to traumatizing acts of violence and have suffered heartbreaking losses. In addition, 60 per cent of UNRWA installations were damaged or rendered inaccessible, with 57 schools partially or completely destroyed.
The Agency’s commitment to preserve children’s right to a quality education in Syria goes beyond the front line. Its response is an innovative and comprehensive approach: it provides safe learning and recreational spaces, psychosocial support and summer learning activities, as well as safety and security trainings for both students and staff.
UNRWA students’ joy, creativity and enthusiasm for learning have survived five years of intense and continuous violence. It is the pride of the Agency to continue providing education services to the 51,000 Palestine refugee children in Syria and further afield affected by the conflict. More than ever, this depends on sustained assistance and funding from donors and partners.
UNRWA will continue to mobilize all resources to alleviate the children’s trauma and sustain their education.
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