Syrian children likely to miss schooling

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Syrian children

Thousands of children in Syria may not be able to return to school for the new school year in September because of the ongoing violence and the use of schools to accommodated displaced people. 

That warning has come from the UN children's agency (UNICEF) which says there are few or no places to accommodate the families that have fled their homes.

Authorities in Syria estimate that close to 1.2 million people have been internally displaced. 

Patrick McCormick is the UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva. 

"We all know that a lot of schools are being used at the moment as shelters, have been destroyed, half destroyed. Who knows how many supplies are still around, how usable they are? I would doubt very much. So children going to school in a couple of weeks is going to be problematic"

(Duration: 18") 

Patrick McCormick says that other solutions to provide education to children, such as putting up tents, would probably have to be used.

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