BEIRUT — Syria’s civil conflict has battered the nation’s education system, depriving hundreds of thousands of children of schooling, UNICEF said Tuesday.
One in 5 Syrian schools have suffered damage or have been converted into shelters, UNICEF said in a new overview of the parlous state of education in Syria, where an armed rebellion has been raging for almost two years.
In some cases, UNICEF said, armed groups have commandeered schools. At least 2,400 schools have been damaged or destroyed, the U.N. children's agency said.
More than 110 teachers and staff members have been killed, UNICEF said, and others are no longer reporting to their schools. Many parents are reluctant to send their children to classes, fearing for their safety.