'Syrian war imperils education of over 2 million children'

Aid agency reports more than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed, made unusable in more than 2 years of conflict.

July 12, 2013 04:12
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Children attend a lesson conducted by activists in a mosque after schools were closed in Aleppo.

Syrian kids in lesson looking glum 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/ Giath Taha)

LONDON - More than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed or made unusable in more than

Levels of funding for education in humanitarian emergencies in general remained "shockingly low".

Education, the report said, had fallen to 1.4 percent of overall humanitarian funding last year from 2 percent in 2011, below the 4 percent global target set in 2010.

It urged world leaders to protect education by increasing funding, criminalizing attacks on education, prohibiting the use of schools by armed groups and by working with schools and communities to adopt local measures to preserve schools as centers for learning, especially in times of conflict.

The report was timed to coincide with an appearance later on Friday by Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai at the UN General Assembly for her first public speech since gunmen attacked her on her way to school in Pakistan in October.

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