UNICEF Whole of Syria Facts and Figures: Education (January - December 2016)

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In 2016 schools were directly targeted resulting in death, injury, and interruption to learning. Throughout the year the UN documented over 80 attacks on schools in 2016. According to the most recent humanitarian assessment, a total of 5.82 million children and youth from pre-school to secondary school-age (in and out of school) are in need of education assistance inside Syria. An estimated 1.75 million children are out of school, with a further 1.35 million at risk of dropping out. The formal education system lost a total of 150,000 education personnel, including teachers, negatively affecting the quality of education for all children.


• Interventions in education contributed to an increase in school enrolment from 3.24 million children (60% of school-age population) to 3.66 million (68%) between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

• The nationwide ‘Back to Learning’ (BTL) initiative reached over 3.1 million children.

• UNICEF and partners rehabilitated 401 schools and p