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The protracted conflict in Syria has severely impacted Palestine refugees who had sought shelter in the country after their displacement from historic Palestine in 1948. Then now 10-year war has resulted in most losing their homes and livelihoods. More than 60 per cent of their community has experienced prolonged multiple internal displacements over the years. Click on the images for a look at some of the key events that have marked the past 10 years, highlighting the courage and resilience of a community facing incredible challenges. For a full timeline, of events, Click here to read more.

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Functioning UNRWA schools and the provision of quality education remain a vital source of stability in the context of armed conflict. While conflict poses physical and psychosocial risks to children, access to education provides stability and protection and contributes to building new opportunities and bringing hope amid crisis. UNRWA will continue to provide accredited education services to PRS students in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, through direct delivery and self-learning materials. 

In Syria, UNRWA will continue to focus on improving the quality and inclusiveness of its education programme for approximately 48,000 students. This will include the continued retention and capacity-building of over 1,500 teaching staff throughout Syria. UNRWA will seek to expand the number of safe learning spaces to support a large number of children with specific educational needs. UNRWA will also aim to expand the provision of psychosocial support services to Palestine refugee students by increasing the number of counsellors from 40 to 47, in order to have one working in each UNRWA school.

In Lebanon, the education programme will continue to promote quality and inclusive education for around 5,400 PRS students, which supports the mental well-being of children. In this regard, extracurricular activities will continue, offering children, including children with disabilities, a space for social and recreational learning. These initiatives aim to offer some respite from the difficult living conditions in the camps, while also promoting better integration in the school system as well as in the community at large.

In Jordan, education activities for around 1,400 PRS and Syrian students will be conducted in line with Education-in-Emergencies (EiE) programmatic strands that include ensuring the provision of a safe and secure learning environment, ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning is sustained during emergencies, and enhancing community and student engagement and participation. Emergency Appeal funding will, among others, cover the salaries of more than 100 emergency daily paid teachers necessary to maintain quality and mitigate increased class sizes.


Our ability to respond depends on the generosity of donors and the guarantee of safe and consistent access to those in need, in accordance with international law. We urge donors to maintain and increase their support in 2021 to mitigate the humanitarian impacts of the crisis in Syria, enhance the protection of civilians and prevent further suffering. We call on all parties to the Syria conflict to urgently pursue a negotiated solution and put an end to the violence, destruction, and violation of rights, dignity and humanity.


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