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24 March 2016

Five years of conflict have tripled the proportion
of Syrian children out of school
Syria Crisis Education Fact Sheet: Five Years of Crisis and Conflict
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.

Other key facts:
  • Inside Syria, 2 out of 5 children are out of school (2.1 million)
  • Outside Syria, 1 out of 2 Syrian children are out of school (0.7 million)
  • 9 out of 10 refugee out-of-school children are in Turkey and Lebanon
  • In Iraq, 30% of Syrian refugee children are out of school
  • 9 out of 10 Syrian refugee children and Iraqi displaced children are living in host communities, not refugee camps

For more information, download the Fact Sheet in English and Arabic
Launch of the Algeria Country Report on Out-of-School Children
Earlier this year, a report on out-of-school children in Algeria was launched by the MoE and UNICEF. Algeria has made remarkable progress in broadening access to education, with 98% of primary school-age children and close to 95% of lower secondary school-age children in school. Despite this, far too many children are at risk of dropping out of lower secondary school. One fifth of school-age children are at risk of leaving school without reaching the last grade, and the risk is even higher for boys.

Download the Report and Fact Sheets
View presentations from the event
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits a primary school in Algeria
This month, the UNSG Ban Ki-moon visited a primary school in Zeralda, located in the western suburbs of Algiers. In 2012, the school benefited from school furnishing and education teaching materials. The UNSG highlighted the efforts made by Algeria in reaching Millennium Development Goal 2 on achieving universal primary education. He also emphasized the importance of quality teaching and the role of education in reaching the objectives of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit the Algeria country page on the MENA OOSCI website
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