By GHADA ATEF
CAIRO: Following three years of civil war in Syria, 2.4 million Syrians have been displaced, according to the United Nations. As of November 2013, 133,800 of them were in Egypt, and of those, an estimated 75,000 are minors, according to UNICEF.
Only an estimated 31,000 of those children, however, are enrolled in Egyptian schools, according to the Ministry of Education. Syrian parents in Egypt struggle to pay school fees, and the Egyptian system, already hard-pressed for funds to serve Egyptian students, is unable to handle the demand.
“Despite the hard work of the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Education, the ministry cannot absorb all of the 75,000 children because of the limited budget of the ministry and the very large number of Egyptian students,” said Osama Soliman, the director of the immigrants sector at the Ministry of Education.