Scaling Up to Reach One Million Refugee Children
Accelerating Progress on Education for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon
Half a decade into the Syrian tragedy, the world is witnessing its greatest refugee crisis since the second world war.
Today, Theirworld, with A World at School and the Global Business Coalition for Education, are launching a family of reports on the current state of the educational crisis for Syrian refugee children in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
The reports warn that a current lack of donor funding is leaving one million children out of school at risk of child labour, early marriage, exploitation and extremism.
Donors have already pledged $150 million but a further $250 million is required immediately to tackle the immediate crisis of getting tens of thousands of children into school at the start of this new school year and commit long-term funding to get one million children into school in the three countries.
Download the reports here - and the Executive Summary of the three reports below.
The Syria crisis has exacted a heavy toll on Syrians as well as neighbouring countries. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, three countries – Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon – have become host to the largest number of Syrian refugees. These countries have generously worked in partnership with the international community to provide basic social services to the Syrian refugee population, including education for displaced children and youth.
Despite these efforts, 2.7 million of the 6.4 million Syrian children of school age (5-17 years), are still out of school and nearly half of these children are displaced outside of Syria. Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon host 1.2 million school-aged children and youth, and hundreds of thousands more children (0-4 years) and young adults over the age of 18.
As the Syrian crisis continues in its fifth year, it is increasingly necessary to build a stronger more comprehensive multi-year partnership between the international community and these countries to ensure that all refugee children and youth have opportunity to realise their right to education.
Access to a safe place to learn and play will not only offer children hope and a sense of normalcy in an otherwise unstable situation, it will protect children from child labour, early marriage, exploitation and recruitment into extremism. Education will enable these children to learn the skills, coping behaviours and trades necessary to return and rebuild Syria and to be productive members of their communities wherever they live.
Theirworld’s activities supporting ‘A World at School’ efforts to bring attention to out-of-school children around the world, have included a series of reports outlining opportunities to scale up the education response efforts and drive more and better financing and coordination to reach over 1 million refugee children and young people in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.
With the support of international partners, our first report on Lebanon, has contributed to the progress outlined below, though there is still much more to be done. Reports on Jordan and Turkey are set for release as world leaders convene for United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 and as many children across the region and world prepare to go back to school.
On 29 September 2015, the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education), in collaboration with Theirworld, will hold its annual meeting focused on support and partnership from the public and private sector to support education in emergencies, building on GBC-Education’s support for the call for a new global humanitarian fund and platform for education in emergencies. As part of this meeting, it is hoped the Theirworld reports will build the foundation for a stronger partnership for the children of Syria.
Full Executive Summary & Reports:
- Executive Summary: Scaling Up to Reach One Million Refugee Children: Accelerating Progress on Education for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon
- Reaching all Children with Education in Lebanon - Opportunities for Action
- Partnering for a Better Future: Ensuring Educational Opportunity for All Syrian Refugee Children and Youth in Turkey
- Opportunities for Accelerating Progress on Education for Syrian Children and Youth in Jordan