Syr­ian refugee kids not be­ing schooled

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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

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