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Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
California | 2015 | xviii, 95 p.
ISBN 978-0-8330-9239-7
Shelly Culbertson; Louay Constant
Corporate author: 
RAND Corporation
Arab States

With four million Syrian refugees as of September 2015, there is urgent need to develop both short-term and long-term approaches to providing education for the children of this population. This report reviews Syrian refugee education for children in the three neighboring countries with the largest population of refugees — Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan — and analyzes four areas: access, management, society, and quality. Policy implications include prioritizing the urgent need to increase access to education among refugees; transitioning from a short-term humanitarian response to a longer-term development response; investing in both government capacity to provide education and in formal, quality alternatives to the public school systems; improving data in support of decisionmaking; developing a deliberative strategy about how to integrate or separate Syrian and host-country children in schools to promote social cohesion; limiting child labor and enabling education by creating employment policies for adults; and implementing particular steps to improve quality of education for both refugees and citizens.


Resource Type: 
Policy and strategy materials
Case studies and research papers
Human rights / Human dignity
Social justice / Equity
Inclusive / Diversity
Level of education: 
Primary education
Non-formal education


Refugees; Children; Education policy