US$1.4 billion needed to get Syrian children back in school

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Displaced Syrians receive UNICEF winter clothing kits. Photo: UNICEF/Aho Yousef

Some US$1.4 billion is needed to get Syrian children back in school; that's the warning from UN agencies ahead of a major donor conference which is due to take place in London on Thursday.

Five years into the Syrian war, some four million children in the region require support to return to studying.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that just over two million children are not going to school inside Syria, because of the ongoing civil war there.

Around 700,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt also need assistance with their education as do hundreds of thousands of other children who come from host communities in those countries.

UNICEF says that the scale of the crisis is growing all the time and there are now fears that Syria is losing a "whole generation of its youth." 

The London conference is being co-hosted by Britain, Germany, Kuwait and Norway.

Leaders from more than 30 countries are expected to attend, with the aim of raising new funding to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of those affected by the crisis.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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