‘No Lost Generation’ in Syria

AS millions of Australian families prepare for the new school year, Save the Children is urging Australians to think about the four million Syrian children who have no or limited access to education at the beginning of 2014.

The children’s agency is calling for governments, NGOs and the public to step up support and funding for the generation of Syrian children at risk of missing out on formal schooling.

Save the Children CEO Paul Ronalds said that helping Syrian children go back to school now will be a key factor in Syria’s long-term recovery when the fighting eventually stops.

“Not only are we concerned about the millions of Syrians who are not having their basic needs like food, shelter and protection met, we are also concerned for the current generation of young Syrians who are missing out on the chance of an education,” Mr Ronalds said.

“When the fighting eventually stops, it will be up to the young people in Syria to rebuild, and without an education that task becomes even more challenging.”

The campaign is part of “No Lost Generation”, a joint $1 billion appeal with other international NGOs which will see access to quality education scaled up for refugee children who have escaped Syria and those who remain inside.

The “No Lost Generation” initiative will also provide remedial education and psychosocial support for Syrian pre-schoolers and other out-of-school children, as well as protection from exploitation, abuse and violence.

“We know that thousands of schools in Syria have been completely destroyed or damaged from fighting, and that many more are being used as shelter for Internally Displaced People or by the military,” Mr Ronalds said.

“We’re also calling for unfettered humanitarian access into Syria so we can provide displaced children and families with vital services like food, shelter and education.

“As the war nears the beginning of its fourth year, we need to act now.”

Across the region, Save the Children teams have so far helped over 950,000 Syrians including more than 300,000 children and family members inside Syria with food, safe water, medicine, and shelter.

The aid agency is also working to ensure children can continue their education including running a massive ‘back to school’ operation to get children back into education in Lebanon and Jordan.

The ‘back to school’ operation includes setting up extra learning spaces and providing children with essential school materials.

Source: Save the Children
Photo Credit: UNHCR / Oliver Laban-Mattei

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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities.

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