The number of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey is growing rapidly. In Lebanon alone, there are now an estimated 1 million Syrian refugees, 400,000 of which are school aged children. In addition to the basic humanitarian support this population needs, there is also an urgent need to educate these children.
In Lebanon, where Jusoor plans to focus our pilot efforts, there is an emerging education crisis facing these Syrian refugees. The sheer number of Syrian school-aged refugees in Lebanon stands to overwhelm the education system, which is estimated to serve 300,000-350,000 Lebanese school children. What is more, Syrian children face significant difficulties entering the Lebanese education system given the differences in curriculum, most notably the fact that the Lebanese curriculum requires a strong foundation in English or French, which the Syrian students do not have. The result of this situation is that the vast majority of Syrian children do not have access to educational opportunities, and there is an emerging risk of illiteracy among the children, some of whom have been out of school now for 2 years.
Forwarded from a friend living in Lebanon who works with refugees.
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