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).


December 2019

Schools in Syria

Thematic Report

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:

Schools in Syria 2018 – Edition 04

Schools in Syria 2017 – Edition 03

Schools in Syria 2016 – Edition 02

Schools in Syria 2014 – Edition 01


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.


IMU has conducted a study on the seasonal vegetable planting inputs based on the request of NGOs who implement agricultural projects in non-governmental areas of Syria. This is the 1st edition of this dashboard which will be released quarterly. IMU through its network of enumerators collects primary data related to the available agricultural fertilizers, seeds and agricultural equipment of all types in 63 sub-districts within 5 governorates, namely Aleppo, Hama, Idleb, Al-Hasakeh, Ar-Raqqa and Deir-ezZour. This dashboard includes explanatory charts about the prices, and quality of the agricultural materials and equipment disaggregated by governorate by two levels the North West and the North East of Syria, in addition to their sources of origin.


The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issues the Schools in Northern Syria Camps report annually. This is the 2nd edition of the report, which sheds the light on the effects of the ongoing war in Syria and the displacement on education, the displaced children educational needs, and the schools in camps needs from different perspectives. The report consists of 9 sections: Methodology; General Information; Schools Buildings; WASH in Schools; School Equipment; Schools levels and Curricula; Students; Phycological Support and Students with Special Needs; Teachers; and Priorities and Recommendations. 
The total number of the assessed camps by ACU enumerators in the report is 226 IDP camps distributed within 8 clusters in Aleppo and Idleb governorates which included 72 schools only. The schools are located within 62 IDP camps whereas there are no schools at all in the other 164 assessed camps. 


This baseline assessment is conducted for the Tatweer Programme which is designed to build the capacity of local governance structures to provide effective essential services to Syrians and to promote good governance in Syria. The objective of this baseline is to authentically reflect the reality of governance practice in the assessed communities, and the capacities the Local Councils (LCs) enjoy for rendering services. To deliver on this mission, information was gathered from 16 LCs and one PC in order to better learn, understand and interpret the level of their capacity, identify gaps, improve and retain the skills and knowledge needed to do their jobs competently. This is in addition to assessing the LCs’ /PC’s understanding of Law 107 and their willingness to join hands working cooperatively together as well as with the provincial directorates.



This baseline assessment is conducted for the Tatweer Programme which is designed to build the capacity of local governance structures to provide effective essential services to Syrians and to promote good governance in Syria. The objective of this assessment is to best support the role of women which will support mapping out the opportunities and obstacles of women involvement in decision-making, leadership and project implementation. The assessment targeted women currently engaged in the Local Councils (LCs) or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other positions in the community.


The ACU’s Information Management Unit conducted the 4th version of its annual research “Schools in Syria”, to highlight the impact of the Syrian conflict on education and the needs of students and school supplies. This is the most representative, nuanced iteration of this study to date, covering 4,079 schools within 99 sub-districts across 10 governorates, building upon 35,925 data e-forms with 31,846 forms on perception surveys. It has significant increase in the number of the functional schools addressed over its first version to the current one by 2,572 schools.

This report provides a broad view of the current obstacles and most pressing needs of the educational sector, covering a spectrum of issues ranging from facilities to student and teacher life in Syria’s embattled regions.

By sharing the findings of the 4th version of this academic research, the Information Management Unit of the ACU hopes to lay down a roadmap for donors and stakeholders in Syria’s educational sector to not only guide it through its present crises, but towards a brighter future.



The consumption of bread increases during times of crisis, as the shortage of other food items is compensated by increasing bread consumption.

The Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) issued its third, “Bakeries in Syria,” report during the second half of 2017. The report highlighted the Syrian peoples’ overall need for bread, and aimed to assist relief organizations in planning related programs. The present assessment is based on reliable data gathered by IMU’s enumerators in three Syrian governorates, and accurately reflects the facts and realities on the ground.


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