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59% of Syria children in Lebanon out of school

The Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Ahmed Al Meraikhi visits a Syrian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon on 21 March 2017 (Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency)
The Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Ahmed Al Meraikhi visits a school in a Syrian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon on 21 March 2017 (Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency)

Official Lebanese statistics have revealed that 59 per cent of Syrian refugee children in the country are not attending school, the Anadolu Agency reported yesterday.

The statistics of the Lebanese ministry of social welfare found that 488,832 children of school age in Lebanon, who are not Lebanese, are out of the education system.

In a press conference on the issue, Save the Children said 129,697 non-Lebanese children aged between three and six years old do not attend school.

The officials also said that there are 301,466 children between six and 15 years old who are out of school and 57,669 aged between 16 and 18. No further details were given regarding the refugee’s countries of origin.

Lebanon hosts one million registered refugees.

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