Syrian refugee kids not being schooled
BEIRUT: Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are struggling to get an education and many are being pushed into work or early marriage instead, the UN children’s agency Unicef said yesterday.
Around 187 000 youngsters – roughly half the school-age Syrian children in the country – are not going to classes, the agency said, as it launched a documentary on their situation. “Poverty, social exclusion, insecurity and language barriers are preventing Syrian children from getting an education.
“This is leaving an entire generation disadvantaged, impoverished and at risk of being pushed into early marriage and child labour,” said Unicef Lebanon Representative Tanya Chapuisat.
After nearly six years of war, more than half of Syria’s people have fled their homes, including more than a million to Lebanon.
One boy in the documentary, 14-year-old Jomaa, told Unicef he had forgotten how to read or write since dropping out of school and taking up a $2 (R27)-a-day job.
Abeer, aged 13, said she no longer went to classes because there was no safe transport to take her. – Reuters