Kidnapped education: Syria

Kidnapped Education

Education was hit hard by the war in Syria. Before the crisis, Syria had a strong education system with almost universal primary school enrolment and 70% of children attending secondary school. However the worsening crisis is placing an entire generation of children at risk of being lost to a cycle of violence.

Education is under deadly attack and an entire generation of children is having their future ripped away from them. Schools have become some of the most dangerous places in Syria, along with markets and hospitals. At least a quarter of schools have been damaged or destroyed. Others are deserted as parents keep their children at home and out of school for fear of bombings and arbitrary attacks.

Schools are bombed, damaged, looted and destroyed on a regular basis, many places of learning are now deserted as children and teachers flee to safety. Since the conflict began, more than 4,200 schools have been damaged, destroyed, militarized or are currently used as shelters by IDPs according to data gathered by UNICEF. 

Thousands of textbooks have been removed, burned and destroyed. The terrorist group administers schools and has even created its own curriculum and textbooks to educate the next generation of jihadist. The terror group has "worked systematically on sabotaging education process  and rebuilt it based on the group’s rules and radical methodology. They provide justification for violence and declare killing necessary for religious purposes

More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in five years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other - as well as jihadist militants from so-called Islamic State