As millions of fearful children in Syria are being exposed to violence and conflict, ShelterBox is working to bring a sense of comfort and normality to some of them by providing children activity packs.
Schools in Syria have been attacked and both the army and opposition fighters have used the buildings as military bases and detention centres, according to Human Rights Watch.
‘Syrian children have had to face things in the horrors of war that no child should have to bear – interrogated, targeted and attacked,’ Priyanka Motaparthy, children’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report, said in a statement. ‘Schools should be havens, but in a country that once valued schooling, many Syrian children aren’t even getting basic education and are losing out on their future.’
Education facilities have become military targets putting children in danger and deterring them from attending school. Now, at least one in five Syrian schools is no longer running as they are said to be destroyed, damaged or sheltering people fleeing violence.
Right to education
‘To continue with their right to education, children are studying in makeshift schools informally set up by activist groups and civilian councils, but they lack teaching resources,’ said Ross Preston, ShelterBox Head of Operations. ‘We therefore sent a truckload of aid into Syria which included our SchoolBoxes containing stationary and activities for over 1,000 children.’
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