Before the start of the conflict, Syria was home to one of the youngest populations in the world. Around one third of the Syrian population is between 10 and 24 years old. The seven years of war in Syria has had a devastating impact on adolescents and youth. Instead of entering an age of transition filled with learning, exploration, dreams, and ambitions - they have been continuously exposed to a brutal war, experiencing indescribable suffering through displacement and continued conflict, which impacts not only their present but also their future.
ANALYSIS OF FUNDING IN 2017
The overall funding level for No Lost Generation in 2017 (49%), as reflected in the humanitarian funding tracking systems, is lower than in previous years and significantly lower than the 71% funding rate in 2016. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to this.
KEEPING OUR PROMISE
At the London Conference in 2016, the international community made a commitment to secure learning pathways and protection for Syrian children and youth, whose educational future was jeopardized by the ongoing crisis.
DIRECTION SETTING IN PHASE II OF NO LOST GENERATION
With the addition of 6 new partners at regional level this year, all of whom work towards No Lost Generation goals in at least 3 of the 6 countries, there are now over 30 partners convened in a regional level No Lost Generation Working Group which steers the initiative.
Launched in 2013, No Lost Generation (NLG) is a strategic framework for the responses to the Syria and Iraq Crises, embedded within existing planning and coordination structures, and bringing together key partners to achieve agreed outcomes essential for the education, protection, wellbeing and future of children and young people affected by these conflicts. These outcomes fall under three pillars: Education, Child Protection; and Adolescent and Youth Engagement.
Strategic Shifts in Phase II of No Lost Generation
As the Syria crisis enters into its sixth year in March 2016, a total of 5.4 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria (of whom 2.1 million are out of school) and 1.4 million Syrian refugee children and youth in the five host countries (50 per cent of whom are out of school) are in need of educational assistance.
6 million children (under 18) are in need of humanitarian assistance
2.8 million displaced Syrian children (under 18)
Over 2.1 million children (5-17 years) are out of school inside Syria
2 million children are living in hard to reach areas; over 200,000 children are living in locations designated as besieged
The United Nations documented over 1,600 cases of grave child’s rights violations
Only scaled-up donor support can spare a generation the impact of Syrian conflict
AMMAN, Jordan, 2 February 2016 – The future of a generation of Syrian children and youth is in jeopardy unless donors meeting in London this week prioritise the funding needed to get them back to school, say aid agencies leading the response to the brutal conflict ravaging the country.