Education for all

Children attending school at a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Half of all displaced Syrians are children. In 2016, a total of 1.6 million school-age children from Syria had been registered in host countries around Syria. Only 52 per cent of them (870,000) have access to education opportunities, while nearly 48 per cent of school-age children (739,000) do not go to school. They are at risk of becoming a lost generation. All they know is war and destruction. They have very little chance of making their own choices in life.

The Lebanese education ministry has launched a programme entitled Reaching All Children with Education (RACE) in order to give both Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children access to education. The programme is being implemented by UNICEF, among others, as part of its No Lost Generation initiative.

Germany is one of the biggest supporters of UNICEF's work in Lebanon. In the 2016/17 school year, the BMZ provided a total of 42 million euros in support of the education programme.

Some results for the 2016/17 school year

  • About 60,000 children between the age of 3 and 18 were given access to Lebanon's school system for the first time.
  • Psychosocial support was provided for almost 40,000 children and youth.
  • In addition, transport to school was provided for 9,000 children.
  • About 8,200 young people and adults were given access to formal and non-formal programmes for personal skills development.

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