(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Maram, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl, has an expert ability to navigate Hamra's streets and a striking knowledge of housing costs.The panelists took an occasional jab at Maram's parents and voiced their objections to her situation, while the documentary's star sat in the audience with a bright smile on her face. While she later confided that she was annoyed by the accusatory comments, Maram said that she now sees enrollment in school as a possibility, after Zamanouna and Teach a Child – which both work on providing children with an education – reached out to her. Most children who work on the streets, like Maram and her 13-year-old brother, enter the job market between 7 and 14 years of age, and around 40 percent of them are illiterate as a result, according to the same study.Although enrollment of Syrian refugees in Lebanese schools has increased in recent years, the study estimates more than half of school-aged Syrian refugees in Lebanon are still out of school. While Maram and her brother work, she says her two sisters, who are 2 and 5 years old, are still too young to make money.
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