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Youmna stopped going to her school in Aleppo two years ago, when it was bombed.Youmna is among a third of a million Syrian children in Lebanon who don't have access to school. Lebanon's public schools are woefully overcrowded and can barely cater to a fraction of Syria's children who fled the war at home. The educational crisis has prompted aid workers and teachers to warn of a lost generation of Syrian schoolchildren who have had no access to schools for up to three years, with many suffering from psychological and learning disorders linked to the trauma they endured in Syria. A recent report by Save The Children estimated that four out of five Syrian children in Lebanon are out of school. Roughly half of the 1.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are under the age of 17 . While some public schools have also opened afternoon classes for Syrian children, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, in an internal memo circulated in October to public schools and obtained by The Daily Star, told school administrators to only register returning Syrian students or their siblings.This means Syrians who are starting school in Lebanon this year cannot join the country's public schools.
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