By Tomoya Sonoda
Aleppo, Syria – 12 May 2014 – 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.
Children in a lower primary school class in the western part of Aleppo city are busy preparing for exams. Despite the on-going conflict, where children must go to and from school amidst random
Children in a grade two class at a school in the western part of Aleppo city. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Children in a grade two class in the western part of Aleppo city. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Two girls in Aleppo city carry UNICEF backpacks as they head home from class. EU-DEVCO has generously supported the continuation of children’s education, including in Aleppo, through the provision of school bags and stationary supplies, teaching and learning materials, Early Childhood Development kits, and school clubs. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Displaced children play table football at their shelter in Aleppo. The shelter – at the no longer functioning localUniversity – is hosting around 27,000 displaced people. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Girls take part in a drawing activity at a shelter for displaced families at the local University supported by UNICEF. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Displaced children take part in a psychosocial activity at the University shelter in Aleppo city. Children have experienced the psychosocial stress of being displaced from their homes and living in an environment characterized by on-going violence, including shelling and explosions. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
A UNICEF-supported school at the University shelter for children and families displaced by the on-going conflict. The school provides displaced children the opportunity to continue their education. UNICEF has provided 30 prefabs which are being used as classrooms in Aleppo. Displaced families live in the student dormitory towers (pictured at rear). © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Children walk through a rubble strewn street in rural Aleppo, the scene of on-going conflict. Aleppo governorate is a priority for humanitarian assistance, with 2.45 million people in the governorate in urgent need of life-saving help. Key roads to Aleppo are often blocked by parties to the conflict, making the city one of the hardest to reach areas. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda
Girls in a primary school in the city of Aleppo enjoy being in class. Despite the difficulties of living in a city surrounded by conflict – including regular shelling and explosions – children remain energetic and motivated to study. © UNICEF/Syria-2014/Sonoda