Nearly two million Syrian children have dropped out of school: UNICEF

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Children form a line outside the school at Za’atari camp in northern Jordan. [Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram]

Nearly two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, according to the UN children's agency (UNICEF).

In an education update released on Friday, UNICEF says this figure represents about 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9.

UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva, Marixie Mercado, says about half of these children have fled violence in Syria to neighbouring countries.

"Most of these children are not in school. For a country that was on the verge of achieving universal primary education before the conflict started, the numbers are staggering. As schools are set to re-open in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks, the task of bringing children back to some form of learning will be nothing short of monumental."(22")

Marxie Mercado says that in Syria and across the region, UNICEF is supporting efforts to bring children back to continuous learning.

She adds that the agency is also supporting nationwide community mobilization campaigns, in all the countries.

In addition, UNICEF is distributing education and teaching materials, recruiting teachers and setting up prefabricated classrooms in these countries, says Marixie Mercado.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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