The United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) has warned that nearly two million Syrian children are deprived of education due to the unrest in the country.
“For a country that was on the verge of achieving universal primary education before the conflict started, the numbers are staggering, ” said Marixie Mercado, the spokeswoman for UNICEF, in Geneva on Friday. She noted that over 3,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed and nearly 900 have been utilized to house displaced families.
“The education system has taken a beating, ” Mercado said, stressing that even “for the schools that are operating, there are not enough teachers, not enough classrooms, not enough resources. ”
Earlier, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the country’s 29-month-long conflict, has passed the two million mark. The UN refugee agency also said that some 4.25 million people have been displaced inside Syria since the crisis began in 2011. The plight of the Syrian refugees comes as the talk of war against Syria is also growing. The war rhetoric against the Middle Eastern country first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Damascus categorically rejected the accusation. Nevertheless, a number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, quickly started campaigning for war.