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Podcast #90 – Education is key to building resilience in the Syrian Arab Republic

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

By Taleen Vartan

NEW YORK, United States of America, 13 March 2014 – On 15 March, the Syrian conflict will be 3 years old. As the crisis continues to devastate the country, region and beyond, violence and a pervasive lack of opportunity are affecting an entire generation of children. Today, more than 5.5 million Syrian children are denied their basic needs, the chance to learn and grow and the security of a stable childhood.

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May 2013: Ten-year-old Ahin from the Syrian Arab Republic is following the lesson among other pupils in the KAR school in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq.

In this episode of Beyond School Books, podcast moderator Alex Goldmark speaks with Lara Setrakian, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Syria Deeply, an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists.

Education key to building resilience

In the Syrian Arab Republic, nearly 2.3 million children have stopped attending school. Having so many children out of school has contributed to an education crisis seeping from the country into the region and the world at large.

“I think we have already lost a generation in Syria – if not just to hunger and violence, but also to the loss of education, interrupted,” says Ms. Setrakian. She stresses the role of education in building resilience and calls on the international community to make education a priority. “If there is no resilience, then there is no bouncing back, and education is key to that resilience,” she says.

Telling the Syrian narrative

The challenges the #ChildrenofSyria face to get an education are complex. The ongoing conflict has polarized the Syrian Arab Republic. It has created camps and divisions, and keeping schools open has remained a community effort.


Ms. Setrakian notes that the international community has failed to account for the significance of the crisis. “That’s why we launched Syria Deeply,” she explains. “There has been a major information gap. And, along the way, the original narrative has been lost – not just what has happened, but what it means for Syria and the region.”

No lost generation

To contribute to this narrative and galvanize global efforts, UNICEF and partners have launched No Lost Generation, a comprehensive strategy to support the education and protection of children affected by the Syrian conflict. It mobilizes resources and implements critical initiatives on the ground to equip children with the skills and provide the psychological support needed for them to help shape a better, peaceful future for the Syrian Arab Republic and the region.

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