Education of 67,000 Students Disrupted as ISIS Closes Schools in Syria

Published By : 07 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Recent shutdown of schools by Islamic State in Deir ez Zour, Raqqa, and divisions of rural Aleppo have disturbed the education of around 670,000 children of primary and middle school age in Syria, the United Nations Children’s Fund reported on January 6, 2015.

Addressing the press in Geneva on Tuesday, Mr. Christophe Boulierac of UNICEF notified that as the clash enters in its fifth year, 2015 will provide lesser chance for children’s education.

During January to December 2014 alone there were no less than 68 attacks on schools in Syria. In these attacks, almost 160 children were killed and 343 were injured, as per the reports. The actual figure is more than this, as stated by Mr. Boulierac.

The conflict had affected more than 8 million children, around 5.6 million children inside the nation and around 1.7 million children living as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt Turkey, and other nations in North Africa by the end of 2014.

However, even though the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, i.e., ISIL had ordered the shutting down of schools in the affected areas, UNICEF was not essentially reporting that the ISIL had full power in that region, since the circumstances kept changing, he clarified.

Answering to another question about reasons behind the shut-down of schools, Mr. Boulierac stated that in December the ISIL made an announcement ordering the closure of schools providing education in areas under its control, as it wanted to alter school curriculum. 
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