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Report: 530,000 Syrian children remain out of education in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan; work permits required to reduce poverty-related barriers to education

“Following the Money: Lack of Transparency in Donor Funding for Syrian Refugee Education”, 14 September 2017

…Host countries and foreign donors are crucial partners if Syrian refugee children are to realize their right to education. But Human Rights Watch’s previous research in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan has shown that host country policies have created obstacles to their education, including restrictions that exacerbate poverty and add to pressures for children to work or marry rather than go to school. In addition, since local resources are insufficient, Syrian children’s access to education also depends on the effective delivery of adequate international aid, which has often been lacking. This report tracks donors’ fulfillment of their pledges to support education for Syrian refugees in 2016…[A]t least 530,000 Syrian children are still not receiving any education in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan…[Furthermore,] donors missed the specific funding targets for Jordan and Lebanon that conference participants endorsed…Greater transparency could help to show why [school] enrollment goals are being missed, identify the responsible parties, and pressure them to improve. It could pinpoint the extent to which host country policies, as opposed to insufficient donor funding, are keeping children out of school…

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