Education Under Attack in Syria
| Save the Children | 2015
More than half of all attacks on schools in the last four years have occurred in Syria, according to analysis by Save the Children. Between 2011 and the end of 2014, the UN Secretary General reported 8,428 attacks on schools in 25 countries, with 52% of these reported to have taken place in Syria. Since the start of 2015, Save the Children research has documented at least 32 attacks in Syria, but lack of access to many areas means the total number is likely to be much higher. In 2014 alone, 160 children were killed in attacks on schools in Syria.
As the new school year begins, almost three million Syrian children are out of school – more than two thirds of them still inside Syria. School enrolment rates, which were close to 100% before the conflict began, have plummeted to less than 50% and are even lower where prolonged heavy fighting has taken place. Among displaced children, enrolment is even lower at 17%. In Aleppo, where in non-government controlled eastern areas 40% of schools have been shelled at least once, enrolment has dropped as low as 6%.