Syrian children on school life in Zaatari refugee camp

  • 25 March 2013
Leah visits a school in the Zaatari refugee camp

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

School helps children 'be kids again' says Alexis

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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