Prior to the crisis in Syria, now in its fourth year, Aleppo had as many as 1.2 million children registered in primary and secondary education levels. The intensified conflict and violence have severely disrupted education access, reducing the number of children enrolled in schools to 455,000 – a sharp drop of 62 per cent in enrolment in the governorate.
As the education sector lead, UNICEF is committed to promoting access to quality education in all of Syria’s 14 governorates, in particular in hard-to-reach areas like Aleppo.
For example, UNICEF supports a school at the University shelter for children and families displaced by the on-going conflict. The school provides displaced children with the opportunity to continue their education. UNICEF has provided 30 prefabs which are now being used as classrooms in Aleppo.
EU-DEVCO has generously supported the continuation of children’s education in Syria, including in Aleppo, through providing school bags and stationery supplies, teaching and learning materials, Early Childhood Development kits, and the establishment of school clubs.