Sylvia Montoya

Sylvia Montoya

The author is the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). She was the Director-General of Assessment and Evaluation of Education Quality at the Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also a professor and researcher at the Catholic University of Argentina. She tweets as @EFAReport

Two years of civil war wiped out 15 years of education progress in Syria

For the first time, we have the official numbers that show the devastating consequences of the civil war in Syria on education. When the conflict first erupted in 2011, nearly every child was enrolled in primary school across the country. Within two years, nearly two million children and young adolescents were out of school. Enrolment rates have plummeted, leaving one in three children and more than two out of five adolescents excluded from education, according to the new data from UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). It took two years to erase all of the educational gains made in Syria since the start of the century; ...

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