"Lost generation" of Syrian refugee children in Turkey missing out on school

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A little Syrian girl outside her family tent in Nizip 1 refugee camp, Gaziantep, southern Turkey. Photo: UNICEF/UN048823/Ergen

What could become a "lost generation" of Syrian refugee children in Turkey is missing out on school despite major increases in enrollment since last summer, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Nearly half a million are attending schools in Turkey, which represents a 50 per cent increase since June, said UNICEF's Najwa Mekki.

But despite the Turkish government doing "a fantastic job," she said, providing places for refugees, the shortfall means thousands have no access to a classroom after nearly six years of brutal civil war in their homeland.

Basma Baghall asked Ms Mekki to outline the full extent of the problem and what UNICEF is doing to help.

Duration: 2'30"

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