Five years on and the Syrian war is still have a devastating impact on the country and wider region. Many thousands have died, parts of the country are in ruins and much of the population has been displaced.
As the fighting rages Syrian children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. UNICEF estimates that around 2.6 million children are out of school. It’s a crisis that is overwhelming the host countries now home to millions of people who have fled the bloodshed. Learning World travelled to Syria and Lebanon to explore some projects trying hard to make a difference. Maha Barada presents a story from each country
Syria: bringing communities together
One in five schools in Syria is damaged, destroyed or serving another purpose. In the northeastern city of Qamishli Rojava Free Women’s Foundation has set up schools that are bringing diverse communities together and helping traumatised children cope with the consequences of war.
Lebanon: sharing the burden
Lebanon is now home to more than a million registered Syrian refugees, almost half of them children. Many families are living in unofficial tented settlements, straining the countries already stretched resources.
Amid this turmoil UNICEF and NGOs like Beyond have set up ‘learn and play’ centers to help young people continue learning, offering them some hope for the future.
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