Syrian children on school life in Zaatari refugee camp

  • 25 March 2013

School is the highlight of the day for many refugee children that have fled the violence in Syria.

At the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, only 1 out of every 10 children can get an education - but that still means over 5,000 children in a single school.

As part of the Newsround special programme Escaping The War, Leah visited the camp and spoke to a group of girls who really look forward to school.

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One girl told Leah: "We really like school. If we have to have a day off we get upset."

The girls get to go to school in the morning and the boys in the afternoon.

Pictures: Life in Zaatari refugee camp

Alexis from Unicef told Leah: "It's important for them to come here to learn, but also it's a way for them to be kids again."

Earlier this month, the UN confirmed that a million people had fled the fighting in Syria, which has been going on since March 2011.

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