In a time of belligerent political discourse amongst nations, despots and corrupt officials in power, it becomes all too easy to lose sight of the importance of education as part of the solution to saving an innocent people. The ongoing civil war in Syria has destroyed 4,000 schools and has left two million children displaced from their homes and families.
UNICEF, along with Syria’s Ministry of Education, is embarking on a project that would reach out to one million school-aged children in all major areas and stretches of Syria.
The initiative has so far amassed 5,000 teaching and learning kits, 3,000 recreation kits, and 800 Early Childhood kits to be sent out to children around the country. UNICEF cites Kuwait as being a major supporter of their initiative with their contribution of more than US$3 million.
UNICEF’s Back to Learning for Syria campaign provides each child with a UNICEF school bag, complete with essential learning supplies such as notebooks, ballpoint pens, pencils, erasers, coloring pencils, and rulers.
In addition to providing children with the tools they need, the disparity and need for teaching facilities are being ameliorated by tents that serve around 400 students.
In a time when the children of Syria and their families are suffering from starvation, lack of electricity, and clean water, there is the hope that education and school will provide a place of refuge for the youngsters from the ravages of war.
– Malika Gumpangkum
Sources: Children of Syria