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Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan finally back in school

Child refugees from Syria are excited to go to school after the Jordanian government rolled out new measures to ease access to education for young refugees.
Syrian refugee students gesture while attending a class in a UNICEF school, during German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, September 22, 2015. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1RVB9
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IRBID, Jordan — After years of trying to get Mohammed into a public school, his mother Alaa had almost given up. Since the family fled from Syria to Jordan in 2012, Mohammed has received no formal education. Year after year, school directors refused to sign him up for several reasons. Mohammed still doesn’t know how to read and write at 11 years old.

“In the beginning, they said they had no classroom space. Later, this changed to 'Your son is too old,' because Mohammed had been out of school for three years,” Alaa told Al-Monitor at her friend’s small apartment in the city of Irbid.

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