• The new school year in Syria started this week. The Ministry of Education (MoE) expected over 5 million students to enrol and more than 385,000 teachers and administrative employees to report to work on 16 September. However, the security situation and growing displacement is a major constraint in accessing schools and safe learning spaces for many children.
• 2,000 schools in Syria are estimated to have been damaged and 607 schools are now used as shelters by displaced families. Some schools will operate double shifts this year.
• UNICEF procured and delivered 5,000 school bags with stationery for distribution to vulnerable children attending 102 UNICEF-supported school clubs in Syria.
• In Jordan UNICEF will next week establish temporary learning spaces in Za’atari camp to accommodate 5,000 children in double-shifts. The MoE agreed to operate double shifts in four schools in Ramtha for Syrian refugee children in the host communities and transit sites.
• The overall enrolment of Syrian children in Lebanese public schools is progressing well.
• This week in Syria UNICEF and partners reached 9,000 newly-arrived IDPs in Yarmouk camp, half of them children, with Food for Children, Family and Baby Hygiene kits and recreational kits.
• In Syria, to date, UNICEF has provided access to 100,000 people to improved hygiene and 6,000 people to drinking water. 32,000 children benefited from psychosocial support; around 19,600 children are in remedial education programmes; and 285,000 children were vaccinated against measles.
• In the surrounding countries, the number of registered refugees increased by 5 per cent from 202,729 to 213,530; more than 111,000 are children and more than 40,500 are children under five. This does not include the many tens of thousands of children who are not registered as refugees. Most of the increase in registered refugees came in Lebanon and Turkey.
• In Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, around 67,000 people are provided daily with access to safe water; around 18,800 children are benefiting from psychosocial support; and more than 21,200 students are in remedial education programmes.