Syrian students in Douma play in the courtyard of a school whose walls are still charred and pockmarked by bullets from recent fighting. (AP Photo)
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Back to school, but not for all of Syria's kidsStanding in line in the courtyard of their school in the capital Damascus, scores of Syrian girls in pink-and-blue uniforms saluted the flag and sang the country's national anthem. A few kilometers away in a suburb, children played in the courtyard of a rehabilitated school, where shattered windows were replaced but charred walls and pockmarks from bullets remained on the building facades. With fewer areas in active combat in Syria, more children are going back to school this year, the Syrian government said, putting the number at 4 million. Some 2 million kids in Syria remain out of school. Nearly one out of three Syrian schools is out of service. At least 700,000 refugee children are out of school, and many more are at risk of dropping out.In December 2017, Jordan's Education Ministry reported that 31 percent of school-aged Syrian refugee children were not receiving formal or nonformal education.
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