The Syrian conflict has denied many children and young people the right to education. Lack of safety and security constitutes the greatest barrier to accessing education, putting children at higher risk of being exposed to exploitation, abuse and rights violations.
In areas of active hostilities and UN-declared besieged and hard-to-reach areas, there was direct attacks on schools, most of which have been destroyed or used as collective shelters. Recent figures show that more than one in three schools are either damaged or destroyed, while others are being used as collective shelters. Around 180,000 education personnel, including teachers, left the education system, which has negatively affected the quality of education for all children.
Figures show there are 5.8 million children and youth from pre-school to secondary-age and over 300,000 education personnel in need of education assistance inside Syria.*
To increase access to education and improve the quality of formal and non-formal learning, Auranitis established eight educational centers in Dar’a, Quneitra and rural Damascus, targeting vulnerable children, their families and teachers.
A team of 22 teachers was formed and trained on self-learning programs and unstructured psychological support approaches. The team itself trained more than 250 teachers reaching most of the towns in Southern Syria, who in return taught more than 6000 children in official schools, attracting drop outs and out-of-school children. This is in addition to providing parental training to help parents and caregivers to better support their children in education.
In Daraa governorate, Auranitis established a vocational center to provide the youth, especially those who did not complete their education, with professional skills and financial grants that would enable them to start their own project and secure a living. Financial incentives were also provided to the teachers because they were dismissed from their work and are now teaching in regular schools free of charge.
Through its Youth Education Pathways program, Auranitis enhanced learning and education in post-conflict and conflict settings. In Nawa, 50 youth were provided with vocational, technical, business and life-skills trainings. Since 2017, 65% of the target youth who successfully completed the training have been able to open their own business and generate a monthly income to support their families.
Auranitis also supported the education sector through essential service repairs and non-structural rehabilitation of schools and education facilities in order to provide the children and youth with a more suitable and comfortable environment for learning. So far Auranitis rehabilitated around 90 formal Schools in Dara and Quneitra.
Auranitis has reached around 22000 students, provided training to 300 teachers in 44 schools and supported many children through back-to-learning programs and remedial educational classes. Educational aids, school stationary and winter clothes were also distributed to help students continue their education.