Since January, it is estimated that over 33,000 school children in Syria are unable to go to school. Before the war, almost all of Syria’s children were enrolled in primary school, but today the country's school enrollment rates are among the lowest in the world.
School can provide the one flicker of normality for young people engulfed in conflict. It can transform lives, reduce the risk of joining armed groups and nurture peaceful, and cohesive communities. But in Syria, the challenges are so high, teachers have left due to fear of bombing, with local schools acting as refuge for those who have fled the violence.
On the International Day of Education, we can reflect on some hope, in the form of a new education centre supported by Christian Aid, the European Commission and a local partner organisation. Stories from students, demonstrate their quest to gain an education, despite the challenges.
*All pictures by Maher Tarke / Christian Aid
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