HRW released its latest report on the education situation of Syrian refugee children in Turkey („When I picture my future, I see nothing“). As inside Syria and in all neigbouring countries which hosts millions of Syrian refugees, the challenge for the education of the children remains pressing. Even though the term ‚Lost Generation‘ was created by the UN based on the huge need in the education system and for the future for Syrian children and youth already long ago with the clear aim of fighting against it – challenges remain.
„Prior to the conflict, the primary school enrollment rate in Syria was 99 percent and lower secondary school enrollment was 82 percent, with high gender parity. Today, nearly 3 million Syrian children inside and outside the country are out of school, according to UNICEF estimates—demolishing Syria’s achievement of near universal education before the war.“
„In Turkey’s 25 government-run refugee camps, approximately 90 percent of school-aged Syrian children regularly attend school. However, these children represent just 13 percent of the Syrian refugee school-aged population in Turkey. The vast majority of Syrian children in Turkey live outside refugee camps in towns and cities, where their school enrollment rate is much lower—in 2014-2015, only 25 percent of them attended school.“
„Overall, less than one-third of the 700,000 Syrian school-aged children who entered Turkey in the last four years are attending school—meaning approximately 485,000 remain unable to access education.„