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Syrian refugees and education crisis 2022-04-21 오전 12:06:00

Current Status of Syrian Refugees
Since the civil war of 2011, the people of Syria called out for democratic reforms against the President Bashar-al-Assad. However, the result was violence against civilans, forcing them to flee outside of their own country. This ongoing crisis inevitably created more than a million refugees. Now in its 11th year, the Syrian refugee crisis has become one of the biggest problems across the globe. About 6 million Syrians are taking refuge, with another 5.5 million displaced from their homes. As reported by UN, four-fifths of Syrians are suffering from extreme poverty and nearly 11.1 million of them need humanitarian aid.

Improving Access to Education Amidst Covid-19
Nowadays, as the Covid-19 pandemic led our daily lives in peril, refugees are facing a much more serious matter. While a global humanitarian response plan is being held, regarding food security and agriculture, the need for improved education is urgent. The reality of expatriation is that access to education for refugee children is severly hampered. Refugees pursuing higher education while constantly fleeing are mostly likely to be unsuccessful in receiving it. They mostly struggle to make ends meet in their new environment, given the situation that refugees are not allowed to work legally. At just 13 years old, Mounir and his family fled from Syria to take refuge in Lebanon. What they confronted was hostility and poverty, which Mounir had to deal through earning little money. This state of affairs was the reason why the opportunity to receive education was long lost after the war his family fled from. Child labor rates among refugee children are rising as more refugees are seeking asylum.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic came forth, school closures combined with difficult economic climate made schooling for refugee children virtually impossible. What makes the situation much worse is the absence of a feasible educational scheme to operate in long distances. Schools in Lebanon(where many Syrian refugees seek asylum) are unable to provide internet access, and these children need help.
The government of hosting countries should fund national schools and universities in order to let children receive quality education. Moreover, refugee teachers must be allowed to teach children. Due to their current refugee status, most of them are restricted from employment. This problem should be prioritized since schools for refugees are suffering from a lack of teachers and education is urgent in times of pandemic.
Educational aid for children refugees should not be underestimated; we as global citizens should be attentive in minorities’ difficulties and should participate in solving these problems.

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