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Syrian students are back in class in Beirut, Lebanon

In 2015, through a unique collaboration between Governments, donors like DFID, the UN and NGOs, 200,000 Syrian refugees were enrolled into Lebanese schools.


"No country in history has been able to absorb this proportion of refugee children into its public education system", reports Amanda McLoughlin, Head of DFID in Lebanon.


"We hope to go even further, and bring every single child on Lebanese soil into the public system over the next 5 years".




Today, around 500,000 Syrian refugee children live in Lebanon - forced to flee the crisis in their homeland, and to leave their school behind.


But in the last year alone, more than 200,000 were brought back into school – thanks to a Lebanese government enrolment programme, backed by UK aid and UNICEF.


There is more to be done: we must ensure all refugee children get an education to avoid a lost generation of Syrian children.


Getting every Syrian refugee and host community child back into education by the end of the 2016-17 school year is a key aim of the Supporting Syria and the Region conference on 4 February. The conference is being co-hosted in London by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway, and the United Nations.


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Taken on January 14, 2016