Video story: Ghada graduates in Za’atari Camp

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 28 Sept 2014 – “How is everything with you? I wish you could come,” says Ghada. The 18-year-old is on a mobile phone chatting to her father. She is in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan and he is in Dera’a, Syria, just across the border. “I feel comfortable when I talk to him. I […]

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A tale of two schools where Syrian volunteer teachers are determined to educate the next generation

By Ayberk Yurtsever Antakya, Turkey, 28 September 2014 – Down a side street, somewhere in the suburbs of southern Turkey’s Antakya, is a humble house with a narrow garden bordered by a small wall and iron wires. It looks like an ordinary house, but the stream of children carrying schoolbags rushing in and out and […]

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No matter how, no matter where: Syrian children fight to continue their education

By Ayberk Yurtsever Kilis, Turkey,  24 September 2014 – The small town of Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border is the first stop for thousands of Syrian refugees, and for many of them it’s as far as they get into Turkey. Since the start of the conflict, the town’s population has more than doubled to 210,000. Providing […]

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No Lost Generation Initiative – One Year On

الخبر باللغة العربية Increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis Millions more children at risk as the crisis deepens  NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education […]

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Playing a principal role at school for Syrian refugees in Iraq

By Brenda Haiplik Dohuk, Iraq, September 23, 2014 – Zuhair Mustafa Sadiq’s office bustles with energy. Eager mother’s line up at the school principal’s door, hoping for a meeting and a chance to enrol their child at the Kar School in the Domiz refugee camp, just outside Dohuk. Zuhair carefully explains that, at present, the roster […]

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UNICEF to provide school supplies for up to one million conflict-affected Syrian children

NEWS NOTE Damascus, 14 September 2014 – With the ongoing conflict in Syria taking an increasing toll on children’s education, UNICEF is stepping in with key supplies and support for public information to ensure that some of the most conflict-affected children continue to learn.

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Education assistance under SHARP by sub-district (1 Jan – 31 July 2014)

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A shell attack destroys a family dream

By Kumar M Tiku Tartous, 10 September 2014 – 6-year old Omar was playing near his family’s farm in rural Aleppo when he heard th boom of exploding shells. Intense fighting had broken out in the area, but the family was still preparing to plant their onion crop. Omar raced to the field where his […]

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UNICEF school clubs help Syrian children catch up during summer break

By Razan Rashidi 27 August 2014, Qamishly, Syria – It’s holiday time, but for three days of every week, Lama, a fifth grader, attends a UNICEF-supported school club in Safi Al-Dien Al-Heli School in Qamishly, a town in northeast Syria. “Last year, I stayed all summer at home without electricity and water,” she said. “I […]

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UNICEF strongly condemns the targeting of a school in Al Waer, calls for immediate stop to attacks on educational facilities

STATEMEN الخبر بالعربية Statement attributable to Agostino Paganini, UNICEF Representative a.i for Syria Damascus, 21 August 2014 – UNICEF is gravely concerned by the latest attack on a school in Syria – this time in Al Waer on the western outskirts of the city of Homs. One prefab classroom was destroyed and two others were […]

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Their voices, their stories: young girls make video diaries on impact of Syria crisis

القصة بالعربية AMMAN, 3 August 2014 – Using their own words and experiences, eight teenage girls from Syria, Jordan and Palestine have shot brief video diaries showing the realities and dreams of youngsters living on the fringes of the Syrian crisis. The videos were made by the girls themselves, who are aged between 16 and […]

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Syrian twins closer than ever through disability as they find refuge in Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever Nizip, Turkey, July 2014 – With its organised and clean streets, open living spaces, social facilities, schools, clinic and market, the Nizip-2 Container Campsite established for Syrian families resembles a tent city rather than a camp.

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Syria: Inter-Agency Mission to Mouadamiyah, Rural Damascus

BRIEFING NOTE الخبر بالعربية SYRIA: Inter-Agency Mission to Mouadamiyah, Rural Damascus UNICEF this week participated in a cross-line mission to Mouadamiyah al-Sham in Rural Damascus as part of a four-day UN interagency mission to the area which began on 14 July. This is a significant and a welcome break-through in improving access. This was the […]

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At just 15, Syrian girl experiences marriage and motherhood after fleeing conflict

By Toby Fricker Reem* sits with her two month old baby on a mattress in the corner of an empty room. Above her the plaster slowly flakes off the wall. She comforts her boy as he starts to cry. Reem is 15-years old but looks even younger. She fled to Jordan 2-years ago with her […]

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Concern over child marriage among vulnerable girls in Jordan

Download PDF report Amman, 16 July 2014 Yasmine* is 16-years old and has been married for 9-months. “When I was younger I was dreaming about being a fashion designer but for now I can’t achieve that because of my situation,” she says. Her husband is 24-years old and they are expecting their first child. “I’m […]

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