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This report has been developed through a consultative process including contributions from the three No Lost Generation pillars: education, child protection and adolescents & youth. It has also included engagement with donors, government representatives and operational No Lost Generation partners at country and regional levels.
This report provides an updated overview of the education situation of Syrian children and youth in Syria and the five host countries in the region, puts forward key messages for policy makers and stakeholders meeting at the conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region in Brussels, and reports on progress made in 2018.
Inside Syria and the five host countries, two thirds of the school-age Syrian population or an estimated over 5 million Syrian children are enrolled in formal and non-formal education, with nine out of ten children who engage in learning attending formal school. Despite efforts and progress made in responding to the needs of Syrian children and youth, the socio-economic situation of refugee families, protection concerns (including documentation); implementation of restrictive policies at decentralized levels; and the impact of violence on children in the home, in school or in their surroundings, all pose barriers to participation and learning. In total, one third or nearly 3 million school-age Syrian children remain without education, with more than 40 per cent in the age range of 15-17 years. The implications of 8 years of war has been detrimental for many children and youth and will affect their future negatively for many years to come.
The message that the report gives is that education, therefore, must remain an urgent priority, as an inalienable human right, and a powerful tool to rebuild what has been destroyed. Ensuring inclusive national education systems, multiple and flexible pathways to learning, safe schools and social protection/livelihoods opportunities for children and youth and their families remain more crucial than ever.