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2.8 million children out of school during the crisis – Let’s support the education of Syrian Refugees   

Why are we helping? 

The ongoing conflict in Syria – now in its fifth year – has affected over 18.3 million people inside and outside the country. Since the beginning of the crisis, UNICEF has been working to meet the needs of children affected by the conflict, within the country and in neighboring hosting countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Irak, Egypt, Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary and Croatia). UNICEF support includes distribution of basic health, education and water supplies for children and their families, as well as the implementation of psychosocial support programs.

Who is affected by the crisis? 



18.3 million people in need

  • 5 million inside Syria
  • 8 million of registered Syrian refugees

8.5 million children in need

  • 6 million inside Syria
  • 5 million of registered Syrian refugee children
  • 3.7 million Children born during conflict
  • More than 2.5 million have crossed Syria’s border looking for a safer place to live
  • 40 attacks on schools (2015)
    • 2.8 million children out of school



What could be achieved?  

In collaboration with UNICEF, supplies and materials for 15 teachers and 600 students could be provided with the School-in-a-Box, with the primary objective to help re-establish learning as the first step towards the restoration of normal schooling in an emergency or crisis situation.

What is a School-in-a-Box?

The UNICEF School-in-a-Box is a portable aluminium container stuffed to the brim with hundreds of implements and supplies that enable children and teachers to create an instant classroom — no matter where they are. The contents of the kit are not culturally specific so that they can be used anywhere in the world.

In addition to the basic school supplies, such as exercise books, pencils, erasers and scissors, the kit also includes a wooden teaching clock, wooden cubes for counting, a wind-op/solar radio and a set of three laminated posters (alphabet, multiplication and number tables). The kit is supplied in a locked aluminium box, the lid of which can double as a blackboard when coated with the special paint included in the kit. Using a locally developed teaching guide and curriculum, teachers can establish makeshift classrooms almost anywhere.

Progress of the situation - What is UNICEF doing to respond to the Syrian refugees crisis?

In terms of education, in 2015 UNICEF:

  • Provided educational materials to 8 million children.
  • School registration rate amongst refugees increased from 33% in 2014 to 53% in 2015

If you would like to discover what has been achieved during 2015, please visit to see the whole project.

At the end of the year, we will be informing all the participants of the Amadeus Rail Survey what has been achieved so far and the progress of the situation. Together, we can help to build a better world.