• The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest refugee crisis in the world, with 5.4 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. Nearly half (48%) are children. About 92% of Syrian refugees live in host communities in very precarious living conditions. Depleted resources, the high cost of living and restricted livelihood opportunities are making it difficult for vulnerable families to meet their children’s basic needs. Many Syrian refugee families are forced to resort to negative coping practices, including early marriage and child labor.
• In line with the No Lost Generation Initiative, UNICEF supported national systems in Syria and in Syrian refugee host countries reaching over 773,000 children (98% target) with psychosocial support, and helped over 3.2 million children (88% target) to enroll in formal education. Children’s exclusion from education remains a serious problem. An estimated 1.75 million school aged children in Syria and over 40% of Syrian refugee children remain out-of-school. Key challenges include funding shortfalls, capacity of partners and families’ lack of livelihoods.