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With the third anniversary of the start of Syria's civil war having just passed, there is a race against time to deliver a groundbreaking education project to the conflict's hardest-hit victims – hundreds of thousands of child refugees.Now Lebanon is the site of a pilot program to advance the idea that providing education for refugee children is equally feasible – and no less important. Across 1,500 communities in this troubled, divided country, where Syrian refugee children now make up 20 percent of the school-age population, the aim is to establish children's right to education as a humanitarian priority.The typical refugee child spends more than 10 years away from home. Three years ago, most Syrian children were at school, and the country had near universal primary education.Thanks to a historic agreement with the Lebanese government, places for hundreds of thousands of children can be created within weeks by putting 1,500 of Lebanon's schools on a double-shift system.Lebanese children are taught during the first shift, and Syrian children in the second. Using the same school for both sets of pupils means that education can be delivered at a cost of only $670 per child per year.
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