WEBSITE: Whole of Syria Education Website English | Arabic 

For more information from the education sector on work inside Syria, visit the Whole of Syria (WoS) education website. The goal of WoS education is to ensure coherence and consistency of humanitarian action in Syria cross three hubs in Damascus, Gaziantep and Amman.  

FACT SHEET: Syria Crisis Five Year Fact Sheet English | Arabic

As the crisis in Syria enters its sixth year, children continue to bear the brunt of the conflict. Two decades of investment in education have been wiped out and many Syrian school-age children have never seen the inside of a classroom, while those in school continue to be at risk of dropping out. The new Syria crisis education fact sheet finds that five years of conflict have tripled the proportion of Syrian children out of school, from 0.9 million in the 2011/2012 school year to 2.8 million in the 2014/2015 school year.

REPORT: Syria: Reconstruction for Peace

As European policymakers grapple with the inflow of refugees from Syria and other countries, it is easy to forget that each refugee comes with his or her own history. Addressing the so-called “refugee crisis” therefore requires understanding the proximate causes that led the refugee to take a perilous journey to the shores of Europe. This World Bank report explores the plight of Syrian refugees and of the Syrian people more generally.

REPORT: A Future in the Balance: How the conflict in Syria is impacting young people across the Middle East

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), together with the King Hussein Research Foundation (KHRF) and the International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (IBC), have undertaken research in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) to better understand the needs, aspirations and challenges faced by displaced and local community youth aged between 15 and 24.

PAPER: Syria Crisis Education Strategic Paper for the London 2016 Conference English | Arabic 

The Supporting Syria and the Region conference in February 2016 brought 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 Conference aimed to create a long-term commitment on education 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. Read the Syria Crisis Education Strategic Paper, which is meant to support the overall fundraising objectives and guide discussions on key strategic shifts that need to take place in education.

STUDY: Economic Loss from School Dropout due to the Syria Crisis: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Impact of the Syria Crisis on the Education Sector English | Arabic

This new UNICEF MENA study estimates that the total economic loss due to dropout from basic and secondary education, as of 2012, is US$10.7 billion. This is equivalent to about 17.6 per cent of the 2010 Syrian GDP. Using labour market data and data from the Ministry of Education, results show that the impact of dropout is significantly large. In 2012 alone, 2 million children dropped out of school inside Syria. As of the 2014/2015 school year, there were 2.1 million children out of school inside Syria. Children who dropped out have not only lost the immediate opportunity to learn, but their productivity and potential lifetime income are also negatively affected. 



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. Learn more about the crisis:



In Syria, the crisis has pushed the capacity of basic social services to breaking point, with a devastating impact on 5.4 million children. A total of 2.1 million children are out of school and one in five schools has been destroyed, damaged, or used for other purposes, including occupation by armed groups. The economic and social collapse in Syria has reversed decades of educational achievement.

In Turkey, there are close to 746,000 registered Syrian refugee children (5-17 yrs) who face many obstacles to education – from the language used in classrooms to curriculum choices, certification and recognition of learning attainments.

In Lebanon, Syrians now make up a third of all children. Over 51% per cent of the roughly 370,000 Syrian children remain out of school, but he refugee surge has created an education crisis that affects everyone, including Palestinian, and vulnerable local children.

In Jordan, the close to half of registered Syrian refugees are children under 18, and the burden on the public education system is taking its toll. To absorb the influx of Syrian students, the school system has re-introduced the practice of ‘double shifts’ in overcrowded schools, a policy that is affecting education quality and derailing on-going public education reform.

In Egypt, the quality of the school environment in public schools is a significant barrier to the enrolment and retention of 40,000 Syrian children, as are the difficulties they face in adjusting to the Egyptian dialect and curriculum.

In Iraq, there are an estimated 64,000 child refugees from Syria. Host communities are struggling to meet their needs as well as those of the close to 1 million IDP children, especially in Kurdistan.

Such is the scale of the Syria crisis. UNICEF and our partners must these children with assistance: to protect them from violence, abuse and exploitation; to provide education that can foster resilience; to support the healing of hidden wounds; and to strengthen social cohesion. Otherwise, the hopes of an entire generation could be lost forever – with profound long-term consequences for Syria, the region, and beyond.



In the face of overwhelming evidence that a generation of Syrian children is at risk of losing hope for a better future, a group of partners, including UNICEF, host governments, donors, United Nations and international agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) came together in 2013 to develop a strategy to prevent a lost generation. The No Lost Generation Initiative aims at providing Syrian children, both those affected by the conflict within the country and those who have fled to neighboring countries, with access to an education, a protective environment, and other opportunities for their future. So that one day, the children of Syria who are the future, can help rebuild their country.

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