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Loading emergency school kits for distribution in Syria

At UNICEF’s warehouse in Rural Damascus, on 14 September 2013, workers load school kits on to trucks for distribution. Each kit contains school bags with stationary supplies such as pens and notebooks.

UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the support of the European Union – EU, is supporting a Back to Learning campaign which aims to directly reach 1 million conflict-affected primary school-aged children.

UNICEF aims to distribute school bags with stationery supplies to one million children in all of Syria’s 14 governorates. Around half of these supplies are already on their way to the most in need areas such as Raqqa, Deir ez Zour, Homs, Hassakeh, and Rural Damascus for distribution in schools.

In addition, UNICEF is providing 5,000 teaching-learning kits, 3,000 recreation kits, and 800 Early Childhood Education kits.

Communities are being reached with public messages via media, billboards, posters, and flyers about the start of the school year, on 15 September, to promote children’s return to learning.

Far more financial support and funding is needed to provide more children inside Syria with access to education. Of UNICEF’s $110 million appeal for work inside Syria just $16 million was received out of the $33 million requested for education.

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