Vulnerable children have witnessed atrocities most adults would struggle to comprehend.
These children have seen their homes destroyed and have been torn apart from loved ones – so why is emergency education in Syria so important?
The war in Syria has now lasted for seven years. That’s the same length of time your own children spend in primary school education. Can you imagine what impact it would have on your children if they missed that amount of schooling? How it would affect their lives?
Experts say just one week off school will set a child back and significantly harm their academic performance. Research by the UK’s Department of Education compared performances of children over two years and were shocked to find the difference even short periods of absence made to their grades.
In Syria, it’s estimated about a third of the country’s school age children (1.75 million) are out of school. About 180,000 education personnel, including teachers, have left the education system which has impacted on the ability to get a quality education. Hostilities have also seen more than one in three schools damaged, destroyed, no longer accessible or repurposed for other uses such as shelters.
What the youngsters in Syria need now is a chance at normalcy and a safe space to feel like children again. Education offers hope to young people in war zones.
That’s why READ Foundation is providing emergency education in Syria.
“These children have been through incredibly traumatic experiences – so this isn’t just about providing them with an education,” said READ’s Deputy CEO Rehan Salim. “Yes, they will get quality schooling in places where this simply hasn’t been available before but, look at the bigger picture, providing emergency education means they’ll also get psychological help and they’ll have a safe space to learn.
“We’re very much looking at a longer-term solution to what is happening to these children.
“When the crisis is finally over, and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later, we don’t want these children to be the lost generation.
“We want them to be in a strong position to help rebuild Syria. They will be the ones who are mentally strong enough and have the skills to be the architects behind new buildings, the doctors rehabilitating the injured, the teachers setting an example and the leaders taking the country forward into peace.”
Want to know more about how you can help Syrians? Support our Emergency Education Syria Appeal now. You can also read our blog on why we’re giving children in Syria the education they deserve.