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Refugee children remain without access to school and regular education

A lack of education creates a generation that cannot integrate into the host community of nations and will constitute a burden, because these children will grow up and live as refugees

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While the world’s children began a new school year, nearly 15 million children remain without access to school and regular education or any possibility to acquire a basic education -these are Syrian child refugees. UN reports for 2015 indicated that the number of refugees totals65 million people, and is expected to increase. Children form the greatest….repubhubembed{display:none;}

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Fears Rise of ‘Lost Generation’ as More Syrian Refugee Children Out of School

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A Syrian child plays with a plastic toy horse at the refugee camp of Ritsona about 86 kilometers (53 miles) north of Athens, May 25, 2017. VOA

More than 40 percent of Syrian refugee children living in neighboring countries are not being educated and the number is rising due to a lack of funding and bullying in schools, children’s rights group KidsRights said on Tuesday.

Despite world leaders agreeing at a 2016 conference to enroll all Syrian refugee children into school by late 2017, KidsRights said 43 percent of Syrian children in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq still don’t have access to an education.

The report said about 777,000 of 1.8 million registered Syrian children in the five countries were not being educated at the end of 2017 – which was nearly 250,000 more out of school than in 2016.

KidsRights said failing to educate Syrian children would lead to a “lost generation” and seriously impact efforts to rebuild the country now entering its eighth year of the war.

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Syrian children, evacuated from rebel-held areas in the Eastern Ghouta, are seen playing at a shelter in the regime-controlled Adra district, on the northeastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, March 20, 2018. VOA

“The successful reconstruction of post-conflict Syria by a young generation of Syrians will stand or fall by the level of educational access we can offer them,” Marc Dullaert, the founder and chairman of KidsRights, said in a statement.

Syria’s conflict began in 2011 with a popular uprising and has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced 11 million more.

A generation of young children has grown up without proper education, with 180,000 youths forced into child labor, the U.N. children’s fund UNICEF says.

The report, released at the second Leaders and Laureates for Children Summit on Jordan on Tuesday, said the rising number of children out of school was due to a lack of funding for Syrian refugees and restrictive policies by host countries.

In addition, Syrian school children enrolled in school have encountered issues with harassment and bullying, leading to their removal by their families, the report said.

KidsRights called for international donors and host governments meeting in Brussels in April again this year to urgently fill a $603 million funding gap and make education a priority. VOA

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