The Information Management Unit of the Assistance Coordination Unit issues a report about the situation of the educational process in the schools of northern Syria camps on an annual basis, aiming to obtain comprehensive information on the reality of education and schools there, changes, developments, and challenges that arise as a result of the ongoing war through surveys which include, in this third edition of the report, perception surveys of students, parents, teachers, and school principals to reflect the educational situation from different perspectives. For the first time, the camps in northeastern Syria are covered in the report, that is Deir-ez-Zor, Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa governorates, in addition to the eastern countryside of Damascus. For the purpose of this study, the enumerators of the Information Management Unit visited 598 camps outside the regime’s control areas, of which 462 camps that do not contain schools, as schools are only found within 136 camps, and most of which suffer from a shortage of supplies and school equipment. The report includes 9 sections: methodology, general information, school buildings, water, sanitation and hygiene in the schools, school supplies, educational levels and curriculum, students,
psychological support and children with disabilities, teachers, in addition to priorities and recommendations.
The Assistance Coordination Unit hopes that this report will form a clear picture of the reality of the educational process in the northern Syria camps and that it will help the donors and supporting countries better make decisions by highlighting the most acute needs that need to be secured and the shortages and gaps that must be filled in order to improve the educational process in the northern Syria camps.
The deteriorating humanitarian situation along with the lack of security inside Syria due to the unfolding events has led to having a negative impact on all the sectors in the opposition-held areas, outside the Syrian regime’s control northwestern Syria, particularly the educational sector. All this has contributed to a remarkable increase in the rates of Out of School Children (OOSC). For this, The Information Management Unit of the Assistance Coordination Unit has implemented an assessment of comprehensive
participatory education for Out of School Children (OOSC) for the participatory education report (JENA) in areas outside the Syrian Regime’s control northwestern Syria under the supervision of the education sector in Turkey and Save the Children organization, in collaboration with a group of the Education Cluster’s partners composed of thirteen humanitarian organizations (Bonyan, Takaful Al-Sham, Syria Relief, Matar, Shafaq, Qudra, Banafsaj, Ataa, Bahar, Binaa, Sadad, Midad education without borders
and Ihsan). The study covers 112 communities, including 26 regular and random camps, in addition to 86 cities and towns.
According to the study, the number of school-age children in the NW of Syria (within areas covered in the study) reached 1,712,468 with 34% (582,239 children) of those school-age children being out of school (OOSC).
Schools in Syria
The Information Management Unit (IMU) issued the 5th edition of its annual report entitled “Schools in Syria 2019” to shed the light on the status of the education sector in all areas outside the Syrian regime’s control, and the growing needs and priorities of the schools and students given the fact that the aforementioned are still heavily affected by the ongoing war in Syria. The IMU tried to expand its coverage in northern Syria; hence, the number of enumerators has been increased to collect data from larger numbers of schools. Based on this, the number of assessed schools in this edition has reached to 4,016 schools, and the number of covered sub-districts has accounted for 78 sub-districts within 6 governorates. For the purpose of this study 38,538 e-forms have been used, and 34,522 surveys have been conducted with students, teachers, parents, and school principals. The 5th edition includes elaborate information on the functional schools’ buildings, water, sanitation and hygiene, school supplies, schooling stages, school days, curricula, certificates, students and teachers along with their needs, psychological support, students with special needs, policies and procedures governing the educational process, non-functional schools, in addition to the priorities and recommendations. The current edition also presents a comparison between the results of this edition and those of the previous editions with regard to several aspects. You can read or download the previous editions of the “Schools in Syria” report at the following links:
The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) through its network of field enumerators, and in cooperation with the Ar-Raqqa Provincial Council, prepared a panoramic report on the Ar-Raqqa governorate.
This report reflects the assessed cities’ conditions during May and June 2019 on multi-sectoral level. The report brings to light the basic services in the northern of Ar-Raqqa governorate by providing detailed information on five cities in the north of the governorate, which are the cities of Ar-Raqqa, Ath-Thawrah, Tell Abiad, Ein Issa and Suluk. The report includes multiple sections, including the tribes of Ar-Raqqa governorate, agriculture, and irrigation networks, in addition to the demography, health, bakeries, education, and services that include the sectors of water, sewage system, electricity, and the public road network. This report also presents data at the neighborhood level within the five cities
The report aims to draw attention to the available resources in Ar-Raqqa governorate to enable the local community to make optimal use of them. It furthermore, brings emphasis on the large cities’ centers which provide basic services to the north of the governorate.
With the lingering war, its bitter reality and unprecedented level of agony, winter approaches again to cast its long shadow over the IDPs camps in northern Syria, add to the existing natural disasters there and weigh heavily on their IDPs.
Hence, and in cooperation with AFAD (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Interior Disaster and Emergency Management Authority), the IMU of the ACU issues its “Northern Syria Camps DYNAMO Report”.
This report reflects the conditions of 320 camps assessed in Aleppo and Idleb governorates by covering multiple sectors and relevant details and circumstances and supporting them with visualized figures and shapes to maximize the impact of the response, perfect its timeliness and proportionality with the size of needs and numbers of IDPs and prevent the risks of the many disasters which taken many lives and added to their tragedies.
The report includes general information on the camps, their residents and suffered difficulties in winter 2019, in addition to the status of the WASH, food security and health sectors and winterization needs there. The report is concluded with some recommendations based on comparing the conditions of those camps with the Sphere Project standards.
The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the ACU issued the second quarterly bulletin which covers April, May and June 2019.
The bulletin includes a summary of the political and military situation inside Syria, in addition to the key developments in areas outside the regime’s control in the north west of Syria, that is, Idleb governorate, and adjacent countrysides of Aleppo and Hama governorates during the aforementioned months which also witnessed the killing of 626 civilians, among whom, 140 children, 83 women, and1,481 injuries due to the severe bombardment and airstrikes of the regime and its Russian ally.
The bulletin also includes information regarding the fires which broke out in the agricultural lands and crops, and updates on the security situation in the north west of Syria, and statistics about the number of injuries and civilian victims who fell dead due to the deteriorating of the security situation.
The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issued a Panoramic Report on Menbij City, which is affiliated with Aleppo governorate.
This report reflects the city’s conditions during March and April 2019 and consists of multiple sections, including the city’s active actors, demography, tribes, health, food security, education and infrastructure (water, sewage system, electricity, public roads network and public telecommunications).
Menbij panoramic report aims at detailing the city’s reality from all aspects, and thereby drawing the attention of decision-makers to its living conditions, empowering better decisions in its local community management and providing the basic services necessary to its population.
The Information Management Unit (IMU) issued the fifth edition of the flash report “Field Developments in Idleb and Northern Hama Countryside During the Period between 1 March until 24 August 2019”.
The Syrian regime and Russia continue their military offensive on the liberated areas of Idleb Governorate and its adjacent countrysides, by the moment of writing this report, the regime imposed its full control over the northern east of Hama countryside, in addition to a number of cities and towns in the southern countryside of Idleb. The IMU field network of enumerators managed to document 142 vital facilities that were targeted with bombing since the beginning of March till 24 of August 2019. A total of 1,166 civilians were killed as a result of this offensive with 262 children among the victims.
The number of IDPs significantly increased and reached 551,976 IDPs, of whom, 458,381 IDPs are distributed among the cities and towns of Idleb and Aleppo governorates, while 93,595 IDPs arrived in the northern Syria camps for the period between April 1 till August 24, 2019.
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Idleb governorate has witnessed a violent week where the rescue teams and the residents could hardly retrieve bodies trapped under rubble as the regime and its allies resumed their bombardments, causing another massacre. The rescue teams and the civilians were probably buried above bodies they were trying to retrieve.
On the 22nd of July 2019, the Russian warplanes launched an airstrike on a popular public market in Ma’arrat An Nu’man city in the southern countryside of Idleb, causing deaths and injuries. Moreover, when the Civil Defense teams arrived to aid the wounded and retrieve the dead, and when the civilians gathered in the shelling site, the Russian warplanes resumed bombing on the same market, killing 49 civilians, including five children, five women and a Civil Defense volunteer, and injuring 70 civilians, including eight children and five women. Only three days before, on the 21st of July 2019, the regime warplanes launched two airstrikes on Orm Eljoz town, killing 10 civilians, including three children and two women, and injuring three others. Additionally, four days earlier to that, on the 16th of July 2019, the regime warplanes also launched three airstrikes on Maar Shurin city, killing 12 civilians and injuring 15 others.
During the first half of 2019, the Information Management Unit (IMU) of the ACU documented the death of 1,057 people by the regime and its allies’ shelling, including 251 children and 174 women. During the same period, bombardments by the Syrian regime and its allies injured another 2,245 civilians. Furthermore, the regime struck 32 medical points and hospitals, 10 bakeries, 29 schools, 23 IDP camps, 11 popular markets, 10 houses of worship and 5 Civil Defense centers. The regime and its allies launched dozens of airstrikes on Civil Defense teams evacuating the wounded and retrieving the bodies, leaving the Civil Defense volunteers between dead or injured.
Over 3 million civilians, including more than 1 million children, live in Idleb governorate. The forcibly displaced people constitute over 40% of the population in Idleb, which became their last resort. The civilians expect the Security Council and all international and humanitarian actors to take serious steps towards stopping the systematic killing and destruction by the regime and its allies. Correspondingly, humanitarian actors suspend their action in Idleb governorate under the pretext of unsafe or inconvenient work environment. The Assistance Coordination Unit urges the Group of Friends of the Syrian People, who have committed themselves with their Syrian partners, from the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and its institutions, to resume supporting institutions and directorates in North West Syria, which are making serious efforts in health, education and other service sectors, and empower those institutions to fulfill their tasks and keep pace with the Syrian people’s sufferings to guarantee the prevention of growth of displacement waves.
The Assistance Coordination Unit urges all international actors to find ways for stopping the killing machine and ensuring the civilian’s protection in Syria. The ACU also calls upon all humanitarian actors to intensify their efforts to keep pace with the civilians’ sufferings and respond to their basic needs.