More Syrian refugee children in Jordan’s schools but half still missing out

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School enrollment has increased slightly among Syrian refugee children in Jordan – but almost half are still missing out on education.

Lack of money, lack of facilities and children’s disrupted lives are listed among a wide variety of reasons for non-attendance in a study released today by the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR.

The study said the percentage of school-aged children enrolled in formal education rose from 44% in 2013 to 53% in 2014 – about 20,300 out of 38,250. The Jordanian government has allowed Syrian refugee children free access to state-run primary and secondary schools.

The UNHCR report – Living in the Shadows – also shows a rapid deterioration in refugees’ living conditions. with two-thirds living below Jordan’s poverty line and one in six now in abject poverty. Almost half of the households visited by researchers, who saw almost 150,000 refugees living outside of camps in 2014, had no heating, a quarter had unreliable electricity and 20% had no functioning toilet.

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