This girls' school in the suburbs of Beirut hosts three times more students than a year ago. Since January, they have hosted a daily afternoon shift of classes specially reserved for refugees.Jaïda, who arrived in Lebanon two years ago, was able to register for the morning shift of classes. An NGO paid her school fees.SOTJaïda Amine El Ali / Syrian refugeeThere is no difference between Lebanese children and Syrian children. When I grow up I want to become a head mistress because I love young kids and older kids.TEXTMany others had to wait. These families can enrol their children for free in the afternoon session, which starts at the end of the month.Last year, 400,000 Syrian children could not attend school due to the costs involved. That figure should be halved this year.SOTHalima Rashid / Syrian refugeeI hurried to come to get a place, because many people want to enrol their children. This is a great project that is good for everyone, especially children. I'm happy for them. Children need to study; a person who can not read or write has no chance in life.TEXTIn this informal camp in south Lebanon, many children don't attend school. After two years of no education, Mohammed's kids have just taken a refresher course to help them integrate back into the public school system.SOTMohammed Ali / Syrian RefugeeSince they have begun to read and write again, their psychological situation has changed. At home we feel they are getting better. They spend some time on reading, writing and studying. Their younger brothers and sisters have even started to study with them.TEXTThe "Back to School" campaign will also pay school fees for 170,000 disadvantaged Lebanese.SOTTanya Chapuisat / UNICEF Representative in LebanonOffering free education for them as well as the Syrian children not only reaches our mandate to help all vulnerable children but hopefully in the future will also decrease tensions. You cannot help one child and not the others.TEXTThe biggest donors for the project are Germany and the European Union. The campaign still needs another 25 million dollars in order to reach its target.END

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This girls' school in the suburbs of Beirut hosts three times more students than a year ago. Since January, they have hosted a daily afternoon shift of classes specially reserved for refugees.Jaïda, who arrived in Lebanon two years ago, was able to r