More than 90% of children in the Arab region have no access to preschool, kindergarten

Syrian children gather in a tent repurposed as a make-shift classroom, at a camp for the displaced near the town of Sarmada in the northern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on December 1, 2018. (File/ AFP)
Updated 04 December 2018
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More than 90% of children in the Arab region have no access to preschool, kindergarten

  • More than 90 percent of children in the Arab region are not getting access to preschool and kindergarten-level education
  • The announcement came from the executive director of the Arab Gulf Program for Development

More than 90 percent of children in the Arab region are not getting access to preschool and kindergarten-level education, Saudi Press Agency reported, citing the executive director of the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) Nasser Bakr Al-Qahtani said.

He said sustainable development goals could not be achieved without progress on five major agendas. These included early childhood, women’s empowerment, civil society, and open education for young people and young women.

AGFUND is a regional development and donor organization, which operates from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Qahtani said AGFUND’s program since its establishment in 1980, has “contributed to the financing of more than 1,500 projects in 133 countries and this would not have happened without the partnership with the United Nations.”

He added that the program had been working with international organizations in projects that support women and children.


US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters push into Daesh-held town

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US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters push into Daesh-held town

  • Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to take the town of Hajjin and nearby villages in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor since Sept. 10
  • The Observatory says SDF fighters were able to evacuate some 600 civilians, many of them women and children, out of Daesh-held areas

BEIRUT: US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters are pushing deeper into an eastern town held by the Daesh group, taking its main market amid intense fighting with the extremists in their last holdout.
Members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been fighting to take the town of Hajjin and nearby villages in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor since Sept. 10.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that Daesh defenses “collapsed” in Hajjin as the town’s main market was captured.
The Observatory says SDF fighters were also able to evacuate some 600 civilians, many of them women and children, out of Daesh-held areas.
Omar Abu Layla, of the activist-run DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group, confirmed the market was taken as well as the main mosque in Hajjin.