Syrian refugee students participate in a lesson at their school in Taanayel, in the eastern Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Eleven-year-old Ayham Ahmad has a lot of time to play with his sister these days. The young boy hasn't been to school since his family fled Syria six months ago. Now, like so many refugee children in Lebanon, Ayham languishes in one of the poorest enclaves of Beirut, without access to education.Lebanon has only received 38 percent of the money pledged, according to a report by international children's charity Theirworld. Ninety-thousand children already enrolled in school could be pulled out if the money doesn't come through soon. Such criteria violate Education Minister Elias Bou Saab's formal policy, which permits Syrian children to attend school regardless of their legal status.In 2014, Lebanon adopted the "Reaching All Children with Education" program, which facilitated the enrollment of nearly half the number of Syrian refugee children in the country. Watkins claimed that if the U.K. had to accommodate a number of refugee students in their school system proportionate to that of Lebanon, the government's response would be far less generous. Ayham is just one of thousands of young Syrian children who could suffer irreversible consequences if he's unable to pursue an education.
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