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Improving children's access to
conflict-sensitive education


Education and protection

Education and protection


SHF syrie



FROM 11/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020




More than 5.8 million school-age children and 120,000 teachers need support in Syria (Humanitarian Response Plan 2019, OCHA). The objective of this project is to help restore a minimum quality level of educational infrastructure and improve access to a safe and dignified learning environment for all, including those who are out of school, traumatised by the conflict or who have suffered from the lack of educational services in recent years.

Réhabilitation des écoles, Zamaniyeh

School Rehabilitation, Zamaniyeh, photo : Modar Alhosny, WASH Officer, TGH

This project targets the isolated rural areas of Dara'a and Eastern Ghouta, which have been severely affected by the conflict and have school infrastructure that have suffered extensive destruction. In addition, the targeted areas have long been poorly served by humanitarian actors due to insecurity. In all targeted areas, the number of functioning schools is either zero or far too small to welcome all school-age children. Similarly, many schools do not offer sufficiently satisfactory conditions for the reception of children but, for lack of better conditions, are nevertheless in operation.

Rehabilitated Zamaniyeh Aloula School

Rehabilitated Zamaniyeh Aloula School, Rural Damascus, 31/03/2020 – Photo taken by Mudar Alhosny, WASH Officer

Rehabilitated Modira Female School, Rural Damascus

Rehabilitated Modira Female School, Rural Damascus, 31/03/2020 – Photo taken by Sleiman Tohme, WASH Project Manager

In response to this situation, this project includes first of all activities aimed at covering immediate needs - rehabilitation of schools (including sanitary facilities) in order to contribute to the creation of a safe learning environment. Rehabilitation works also ensure that children are no longer exposed to intruders or difficult conditions both in winter and summer. School kits are also provided to school children, as most families cannot afford to buy them. The provision of these items mitigates the risk of school drop-out and acts as a pull factor for children currently out of school. School and recreational materials are also provided to schools in order to enable them to better welcome students.

Non-formal education session, Zamaniyeh, Rural Damascus

Non-formal education session, Zamaniyeh, Rural Damascus – Photo taken by Lama Abdulnour, Education/Protection Officer, 03/09/2020

The project also includes components aimed at strengthening the resilience of the targeted communities in the long term through capacity building of school staff but also through community inclusion (e.g. to identify out-of-school children and promote the importance of education). Finally, TGH organises tutoring courses for children at risk of dropping out of school, as well as remedial courses for out-of-school children to enable them to catch up before they go back to school, for a better integration.

These actions are carried out in partnership with the Syrian Red Crescent and the Syrian Ministry of Education.

Teacher training in Zamaniyeh School

Teacher training in Zamaniyeh School, Zamaniyeh, Rural Damascus – Photo taken by a participant, 18/07/2020