UNICEF needs 575M of $ to continue providing vital aid to Syrian children

The United Nations International Children's Education Fund (UNICEF) announced that it currently needs $ 575 million to continue providing vital aid to Syrian children, including some 241 million for education.

This comes while the European Union and the United Nations will host the fourth Brussels conference on Tuesday to support those in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria and abroad and the host communities in neighboring countries.

"For UNICEF to continue providing vital assistance to Syrian children, it currently needs $ 575 million for programs inside Syria and in neighboring countries, including $ 241.2 million for education programs," the UN statement said.

The organization urged the meeting at the Brussels Conference to provide support to ensure continued assistance to the Syrians.

"We ask donors to maintain their generosity towards the children of Syria and neighboring countries, so that children can make up for the years of education they have missed or continue their education," said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"Now, non-formal education has been partially disrupted in some UNICEF-supported centers and child-friendly spaces because (Covid-19) funding has become more and more important, this is very essential for the future of children, as well as for the future of Syria."

According to UNICEF, there are 2.8 million Syrian children who do not go to school, and about five million Syrian children inside Syria and neighboring countries "are still receiving education despite all the difficulties."

Chaiban added that 6 million Syrian children were born since the crisis began in 2011 and "these children only know war and displacement", while "an average of 1 child every 10 hours is killed in Syria because of violence" not to mention the 2.5 million children who were forced to flee to neighboring countries .

UNICEF adopted the results of a Gallup International / ORB International survey conducted with 3,500 Syrians about the biggest challenges and concerns they and their children face since the start of the war.

According to the survey, "education is an urgent need for Syrian families (inside Syria), where more than a third (35 percent) of Syrian families have identified quality education, and 23 percent of families have access to education, as one of the biggest challenges facing their children."

65% of Syrians residing in Jordan and 47 percent of Syrians residing in Lebanon considered that "returning children to full-time education as soon as the conflict ends is a top priority."

More than a third of those said that they had "at least one child not currently in school."

Lebanon hosts a million Syrians registered as refugees with the United Nations, while there are about 650,000 Syrians registered as refugees in Jordan.

The conflict in Syria since its inception in 2011 has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced more than half of the population inside and outside the country.


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