International Activist Asks for Money for Education in Syria

March 24, 2016

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. displace / dɪsˈpleɪs / (v.) – to force someone to leave their home
Example: The family was displaced by the storm.

2. summit / ˈsʌm ɪt / (n.) – a meeting between officials
Example: The president will attend next year’s education summit.

3. laborer / ˈleɪ bər ər / (n.) – a person whose work involves mainly physical strength
Example: The laborer worked long hours at the factory.

4. financial / fɪˈnæn ʃəl / (adj.) – involving money
Example: He received financial support from his family during college.

5. sentiment / ˈsɛn tə mənt / (n.) – a thought or feeling
Example: She shared her mother’s sentiments on divorce.


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Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel prize winner, recently asked for more money for the education of Syrian children displaced by civil war.

Shortly before the Supporting Syria summit in London, Yousafzai called on leaders of the world's rich countries to donate a total of $1.4 billion to educate the Syrian children caught in the country's civil war. To date, almost two million Syrian children are not in school because of the war. Their chances of returning to school decrease the longer they are out of school. While not in school, many Syrian girls become teenage brides or laborers in factories and farms. The overall lack of education means lost opportunities for the children, their families, and their country.

Along with fellow campaigner and Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan, Yousafzai held the world's rich countries responsible for the funding of the education of Syrian children who have had to flee to neighboring countries like Jordan and Lebanon. This is on the grounds that rich countries compel refugees to go to nearby countries rather than to Europe. These rich countries also do not provide financial support to the neighboring countries that are taking in the refugees. The neighboring countries themselves have echoed this sentiment.
Even before campaigning for funding, Yousafzai had already taken matters into her own hands in order to provide education to Syrian children. On her 18th birthday, she opened an all-girls school in Lebanon dedicated to providing secondary education to more than 200 Syrian girls forced to reside in Lebanon because of the war. This is in line with her goal of bringing education to children worldwide.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think Yousafzai and Almellehan will be able to raise the $1.4 billion education fund?
·         If you were Yousafzai, what would you tell world leaders to convince them to donate money?

Discussion B

·         What are the impacts of war on children?
·         Should rich countries take in refugees from a war? Why or why not?

March 24, 2016