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UNESCO takes part in the Third Pledging Conference for Syria

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, the international community is gathering in Kuwait City today for the Third Pledging Conference for Syria, hosted by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabar Al-Sabah.

As many as 40 international organizations and 78 member states will attend the Pledging Conference, with a view of raising funds to assist the countries and people affected by the Syria crisis.

Education remains the least-funded area when it comes to humanitarian response to the Syria crisis, and UNESCO will appeal to all participants in the conference to help meet the increasing educational needs of young people affected by the Syrian crisis.

The latest region-wide analysis indicates that nearly 70% of Syrian refugees aged 15 to 30 remain without adequate quality education and training opportunities.

Since the onset of the crisis and thanks to the support of a number of public and private partners, UNESCO has been responding to most pressing educational needs through interventions in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. In order to capitalize on the achievements made so far and consolidate further its efforts, UNESCO is scaling up its response by addressing the learning gaps of the youth in in Syria and in the neighboring countries.

UNESCO has launched the Bridging Learning Gaps for Youth, a two-year programme to provide access to quality secondary and higher education, teacher training, and contribute to the resilience of education systems in affected countries, in particular Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Bridging Learning Gaps for Youth is fully aligned with the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP). It supports the No Lost Generation (NLG) strategy, and is an integral part of the nationally-led response processes. The programme is a concrete contribution to the call for complementarity and synergy within the humanitarian and development assistance community, and as such will be highlighted during the Pledging Conference in Kuwait.