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29 September 2015

Launch of the Sudan Country Report on Out-of-School Children
On 10 September, the first ever out of school report on children in Sudan was jointly launched by the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. Over three million school-aged children (5-13 years old) in Sudan are missing out on education, according to the Report. Despite the gains made in school attendance, the Report also suggests that Sudan’s ongoing wars, lack of awareness of the importance of education and economic under-development are having a serious impact on the education of boys and girls. In addition, girls are more likely than boys to drop out of school before grade 8 (final year in primary education) due to traditional beliefs about the role of women. 

Download the Report and Fact Sheets in English and Arabic
Read the press statement in English and Arabic
View photos from the event
Lebanon Launches 'Back to School' Campaign for Free Education
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon joins efforts with UN and donors to provide free education up to grade nine for all children – Lebanese and non-Lebanese – in public schools this year through a USD 94 million grant. The ‘Back to School’ campaign, supported through UNICEF, UNHCR and international donors, aims to reach over 166,000 Lebanese and 200,000 non-Lebanese children. This year, the number of children enrolled in Lebanese public schools will be doubled compared to last year, with expanded efforts to reach non-Lebanese vulnerable children. The grant will cover the costs of school registration, parent’s fund fees, and the cost of schoolbooks and stationary.

Read the full press release: English | Arabic | French
Video: Lebanon Back to School Campaign
Photo: Fatima, 6 © UNICEF Syria/2015/Sanadiki
#BacktoLearning for Children of Syria
As children around the world return to school, there are more than two million in Syria who will not be able to join them. Another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as a result of conflict, violence and displacement, says UNICEF. More than 2 million children will be reached through the back-to-learning campaign.

Human Interest Story
Fatima, 6 (above), came with her family to Homs City after her home town Palmyra three months ago became very dangerous to live in. Fatima is in grade 1. On her first day at school she was excited about one thing. To receive ‘a new bag’. Read her story

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Photo: © UNICEF Morocco/2014
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After a decade growing up as refugees, education is offering hope to thousands of boys and girls. 16-year-old Maryam from North Darfur is one of many children who have become Darfur’s War Children – boys and girls who have spent most of their lives living with the consequences of Sudan’s conflicts. Now living in Zamzam camp, she is able to take advantage of UNICEF-supported education programmes. For girls and boys like Maryam, this has provided a lifeline to a more stable and secure future. “I like going to school for my education,” Maryam said. “Education is one of the most important things in life.”
Read her story   
Photo: © UNICEF Sudan
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