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Half of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon out of school

October 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

Syrian refugees in Lebanon [Anadolu]

Six years after the start of the Syrian crisis half of all Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are still out of school despite efforts by the UN and other parties, reported yesterday.

Lebanese sources said that the ministry of education carried out several positive measures to bring Syrian refugee children into schools yet only 52 per cent joined in the 2017-2018 school year.

Lebanon’s education ministry could only provide schooling for 250,000 children.

The Spokeswoman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Lisa Abou Khaled said that even if Syrian children join school they often drop out.

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Some 70 per cent of Syrian refugee families live below the poverty line which forces families to send their children to work rather than school.

The different school syllabus is also a challenge for Syrian refugees who study subjects they are not familiar with, such as French.