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Education in Emergencies in Syria: Bringing Hope in Times of Conflict
22 June 2017
In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, UNRWA plays a crucial role in ensuring that Palestine refugee children are able to access quality education through the Agency’s Education in Emergencies Programme (EiE). The programme, funded by the Government of Belgium, supports 46,733 Palestine refugee students in Syria and aims at mitigating the impact of the conflict by fostering their resilience and promoting their overall well-being.
The UNRWA EiE approach combines the strengths of its education system with innovative new ways of delivering and supporting education, such as safe learning and recreational spaces, learning support activities, interactive self-learning materials, and safety and security training. The Government of Belgium has contributed EUR 5 million to the UNRWA EiE Programme, part of which is used to support the EiE response in Syria.
The Agency’s innovative and integrated approach to EiE has proven to be successful in delivering quality education to Palestine refugee students in Syria: UNRWA schools in Syria were among the Agency’s highest performing in terms of educational outcomes, equity and attendance.