With the help of an influx of international funding, Lebanon has made strides in enrolling younger refugee children in schools.
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According to an annual report released by the U.N. refugee agency Wednesday, only 23 percent of refugee youth worldwide enter secondary school, compared to a global rate of 84 percent.Of those, 4 million – slightly more than half – are not attending school, according to the report.Soltan, unlike the majority of refugee youth, was able to pick up his interrupted education again three years after arriving in Lebanon.As low as the number is, it represents an increase from the end of 2015, when only 46 percent of Syrian children in those countries were enrolled in school.In 2017, according to a U.N. assessment, 70 percent of Syrian children in Lebanon aged 6 to 14 were enrolled in school, up from 52 percent in 2016 .Only 12 percent of teenagers aged 17 to 19 reported having completed the ninth grade as of 2017, and only 4 percent of those aged 15 to 18 were still in school.
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