Education for Syrian children faces an uncertain future

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Thousands of Syrian children will not be able to return to school for the new academic year which starts on the September 16, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency says that 2,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed in the ongoing conflict while others have been occupied by thousands of displaced people.

UNICEF Spokesperson Marixie Mercado says at least 603 schools are hosting displaced families.

"Children in Syria have been through a 17 month long nightmare and for many of these children school represents not just learning but security, stability and hope. UNICEF is appealing to the international community for financial support to protect the future of these children through education. Right now of the 10 million dollars required for education response in Syria, we've received just 1.1 million dollars."

UNICEF is supporting the repair of 64 schools at a cost of $8 million.

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