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Investing in Education for Syrian Refugee Children

“I’m very happy that school has started,” says Tabark, 12, who is in her first week of class at the Za’atari Refugee Camp’s new emergency school.

“I enjoy Arabic and writing the most. I would like to be an Arabic teacher.”

Tabark and her five school-age siblings are among about 2,200 Syrian children attending the new school. With about 30,000 Syrian refugees sheltering at the camp in Jordan, UNICEF plans to increase capacity to 5,000 children.

During a joint visit to the school, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited with children and teachers.

“We’ve just been talking to the students in these tents and both hearing terrible stories of how families have been separated, of how they have such a difficult journey in getting here, and yet you can hear them singing in the tents,” Mr. Lake said.

“You can see in their faces how happy they are to have an opportunity not only to learn, but to come together with the other students in a place of safety where they can begin to recover. These children represent many more children still inside Syria. UNICEF has been working in Syria throughout this crisis.”

Pictured above: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake speaks with a girl at one of 18 UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces in Za’atari.

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