Save the Children: Education vital to halt Syrian "lost generation"

Educational provision is vital to avoid many of the estimated 5.8 million children displaced by the conflict in Syria becoming a "lost generation," with about half of them currently out of school, Save the Children says.

An average of more than 3,000 Syrian children have been forced out of their homes every day since March 2011, with school enrollment as low as 6 per cent in parts of the country, the humanitarian group says at a UN co-hosted conference on building financial support for Syria.

"Our message to leaders meeting today and the international community is simple: from the next school year onwards, every Syrian child should have the opportunity to learn," says Tanya Steele, Save the Children's chief executive.

"We cannot stand by and accept that we may see a lost generation of children who have never had the chance to go to school," Steele says.

Last update: Thu, 04/02/2016 - 13:10

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