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Students at the Return to Learning pilot program for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
“The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record,” according to the United Nations. “An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2018. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.” If these children end up in a refugee camp, nonprofit humanitarian groups like Save the Children are often brought in to set up places for them to learn and play. “These refugee camps, they take care of your basic needs – your shelter, water, food, security a little bit, but what they don’t focus on is education. That’s an afterthought,” said Aaron Fossi, Save the Children’s Director of Individual Philanthropy. “Right now, the average length for a refugee to be displaced is 17 years, so we’re talking about an entire childhood gone for your average refugee.”