- Shelly Culbertson: At least half of Syrian refugee kids not in school
- Education is in crisis across the host countries, she says
Shelly Culbertson is an expert in public sector development in the Middle East at the RAND Corporation, where she is conducting studies in support of the Syrian refugee response. She is the author of a forthcoming book about the post-Arab Spring Middle East. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)They may just have fled a war zone, but Syrian children on recess at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan aren't so different from kids elsewhere. Boys run around, wrestle and laugh outside a school comprised of tidy portable buildings on flat, rocky desert. Nearby, girls dressed in pink with bows in their hair hold hands and huddle around a book. Kids are resilient wherever they are.