US$1.4 billion needed to support the education of around 4 million children affected by the Syria crisis
As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year in March 2016, a total of 5.4 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria (of whom 2.1 million are out of school) and 1.4 million Syrian refugee children and youth in the five host countries (50 per cent of whom are out of school) are in need of educational assistance. Education is key for their survival, their protection, and ability to rebuild a peaceful Syria.
On 4 February 2016, the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations will co-host a conference on the Syria crisis in London. The Supporting Syria and the Region conference will bring together world leaders from around the globe to rise to the challenge of raising the resources needed to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the devastating war.
The London Conference aims to create a long-term commitment on education in Syria and the region to avoid a lost generation of children and youth through a total ask of US$1.4 billion. The US$1.4 billion is needed to support around 4 million Syrian and host community children in the 2016/2017 school year. These resources are needed for children to access learning opportunities, protect those who are at risk of dropping out, expand safe and inclusive learning environments, recruit teachers, improve the quality of education, and support technical and vocational education and training opportunities.
Read the Syria Crisis Education Strategic Paper for the London Conference, which is meant to support the overall fundraising objectives and guide discussions on key strategic shifts that need to take place in education. The paper is written within the framework of a renewed No Lost Generation (NLG) Initiative aiming at bridging humanitarian and development efforts, enhancing national delivery systems, and promoting social cohesion.