More than 180,000 Syrian child refugees in Lebanon have been forced out of school and into labour markets, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Monday.
Some 187,000 Syrian child refugees are out of school in Lebanon, "as thousands of Syrian children, some as young as six years old, are working in agriculture, factories, construction and on the streets," UNICEF said in a statement.
“Poverty, social exclusion, insecurity and language barriers are preventing Syrian children from getting an education, leaving an entire generation disadvantaged, impoverished and at risk of being pushed into early marriage and child labour,” said UNICEF Lebanon Representative Tanya Chapuisat.
Lebanon hosts more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees who fled the violence in their war-torn country in 2011. Around 150,000 Syrian refugee children have access to public schools.
Highlighting that education is the least-funded sector in humanitarian appeals, UNICEF asked for 240 million dollars for education programmes in Lebanon for 2017.
The agency also launched Monday a documentary on the lives of Syrian school-aged children in Lebanon.