Since 2011, when Syrian civil war started, around 250,000 have been killed and many have become homeless. Children along with family members headed to refugee camps. Now, they are deprived of basic necessities like education. As per reports, half of Syrian children displaced in neighbouring countries are not in school. Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has been raising awareness to educate Syrian refugees. She moved to Britain when she was shot in the head by Pakistani Taliban for refusing to quit school. She became the youngest winner of Nobel peace prize last year.
After meeting families at the public library in the northeast English City of Newcastle, Malala and 17-year-old Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan pledged to campaign together for access to education for Syrian refugee children. Malala lauded the efforts of Muzoon and asked world leaders to listen her.
“I hope world leaders promise the future generation that they will not deprive them of their basic right, which is education,” Malala said in an interview.
Last year, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Syrian refugees had doubled to 4.4 million. UNHCR appealed from the world’s government for $4.3 billion but this appeal only met with just $2.2 billion.
Now, Ms Yousafzai has asked for more donation to educate millions of Syrian refugee children displaced within the country and its neighbours.
According to reports, a growing number of Syrian girls are already teenage brides or working in farms and factories. Malala expressed her concerns over this and said, this is an indication of lost generation.
Malala said, “It’s time for the world to match their commitment to get every Syrian child back in the school.” Malala said neighbouring countries are already bearing too much of the cost of educating Syrian refugees. So she has asked the world’s government to support this campaign.
Also, in coming Syria conference in London, donors will be asked to pledge that all Syrian refugee children in the region should be school by the end of the next academic year. As it is not possible to put all children back to the school immediately. But Malala Yousafzai’s campaign is trying its best.