After twelve years of continuous war in Syria, life in most of the country has become unsustainable, with the erosion of savings, the rise in the prices of basic goods that have multiplied many times,in addition to displacement in camps for more than ten years.
The population of the northwestern region of Syria (Idlib Governorate and the northern and western Aleppo countryside) is 4.5 million people (4.1 million people in need of assistance), and there are 1.9 million school-age children (51% girls), 44% of whom are out of school (about 800 thousand child), 97% of whom live in extreme poverty and each individual lives on less than $1.90 per person per day).
We are talking about 2.87 million displaced people, 1.7 million of whom live in 1,396 camps, and only 183 of them have a school.
The first reason for school dropout is the family’s lack of income or money to educate their children, which leads to the spread of child labor, as parents have to let their children work instead of educating them.
In addition, schools have a limited capacity to accommodate more students, suffer from an inability to receive children with disabilities or who have special conditions, and dilapidated learning environments that are not conducive to learning due to overcrowding, lack of school furniture/school supplies, and insufficient heating. Lighting, water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and other operational expenses.
In addition, teachers are not paid regularly nor are they paid enough (if financial incentives are available), which poses a challenge, especially for teachers who need to travel long distances to reach their schools and cover the associated transportation costs. This leads to absenteeism, teacher attrition, and teacher strikes that disrupt the educational process. In the same context, 35% of teachers in Idlib do not receive salaries, while the average salaries provided to teachers are between $135-150 per month, and these salaries are not commensurate with the reality of living according to What most teachers reported.
Sources: OCHA – ACU