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Syria: Refugees

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL2066, tabled on 8 September 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for preventing the stagnation of Syrian refugees in external camps; and what assessment they have made of the case for involving Syrian teachers in education for both children and adults in such camps.

Answered on

22 September 2015

The UK has been at the forefront of the response to the crisis in Syria and the region and has pledged over £1 billion, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. The UK has allocated £519 million to support refugees in the region and vulnerable host communities to date, including £279 million in Lebanon and £183 million in Jordan. Whilst addressing the immediate needs of refugees and vulnerable members of host communities, UK aid is also supporting their longer term resilience and stability through funding to Lebanese and Jordanian municipalities for the running of essential public services, such as education.

The UK is also supporting the No Lost Generation Initiative in support of Syrian children across the region and funding to UNICEF includes the construction and refurbishment of schools, the provision of school supplies, psycho-social support to children and incentives for Syrian teachers both in camps and in host communities. However, the decision to what extent Syrian teachers can be involved in the provision of education is determined by host Governments.