UN envoy seeks to raise US$250 million for Syrian refugee education

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The UN Special Envoy for Global Education wants to get one million Syrian refugee children in the Middle East back in the classroom.

Gordon Brown on Thursday announced plans to raise US$250 million over the next 21 days.

He hopes to see results by the time of the UN General Assembly later this month.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Syrian crisis has displaced more than four million people to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

Approximately half of them are children.

But thousands of these children will miss out on an education because there aren't enough school places for them, according to Mr Brown.

The UN envoy and former British Prime Minister is working to raise US$250 million to get nearly one million refugee children, in his words "in school, being educated and being given some hope."

"And this is principally by using a double-shift system whereby in Lebanon, for example, the children of the Lebanese will be taught in the local schools in the morning and early afternoon, in French and English, but then a double shift will come into play where the Syrian refugees will be taught in Arabic for the rest of the day."

The Syrian conflict is entering its fifth year.

In addition to the more than four million refugees, nearly eight million citizens are displaced within the country.

Mr Brown described the Syrian crisis as being "of Biblical proportions."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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