This year, UNICEF and WFP are collaborating through an integrated package of food and education supplies to encourage children to return back to school.
In the first half of 2015, WFP provided on site snacks to 163,000 school children in 300 primary schools in Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Tartous, Homs and Hassakeh, while UNICEF supported the same children with remedial education, text books, stationary and school bags.
Such joint efforts are encouraging families to send their children to school and provide boys and girls with an incentive to attend classes. The date-filled biscuits reduce short-term hunger and provide the micronutrients needed to grow and learn. The school supplies offset some of the cost of education so that low-income and displaced students can start the school year with new supplies. This photo album illustrates one example of the UNICEF/WFP joint efforts to retain school children in Qana primary school in Aleppo city.
The UNICEF/ WFP joint programme is supported by the European Union.