Sad record. The majority of Syrian children are deprived of school due to the war that has ravaged their country for nearly ten years and the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations Children’s Fund was alarmed on Sunday, January 24 ( Unicef).
“In Syria, more than 2.4 million children are out of school”, assured in a joint declaration the regional director of Unicef for the Middle East and North Africa, and the regional humanitarian coordinator of the UN for the Syrian crisis. To these are added the 700,000 young Syrians who have taken refuge in neighboring countries and who do not go to school either, said the regional spokesperson for Unicef. A total of 3.1 million Syrian children are out of school, out of a total of five million.
Last year, the UN agency estimated that one in three Syrian children was out of school. “This number has probably increased in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has increased the disorganization of the education system”, insists Unicef on the occasion of the international day of education. “The education system in Syria is overloaded, underfunded, fragmented and unable to provide equitable and sustainable services to millions of children.”
According to Unicef, one in three schools in Syria is unusable because it has been destroyed, damaged or used for military purposes. When children can get there, they find themselves in overcrowded classrooms and in buildings that lack sufficient water, electricity or heating.
Triggered in 2011 by the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the war in Syria has left more than 380,000 dead and displaced millions of people.