Do Something, Not Nothing.

Although I like to stay hopeful that the Syrian Refugee Crisis is a solvable solution, I have to be realistic and say that it is possible that no solution will ever be found. While the issue is inherently complex and its solution would not be as clear as day, without an overall increase in effort to end the Syrian Refugee Crisis little improvement can be made.

Every day that passes without a solution, Syrian refugee children are losing crucial time in the classroom. While the refugee camps established in Jordan, Turkey and other surrounding countries attempt to provide temporary schooling, the quality of education is not sufficient. But many children are receiving no education at all if their family was unable to enter a refugee camp, and instead fall chance to kidnapping or child-slavery as a result of being displaced from their Syrian home.

Those who are already doing what they can to help Syrian refugees are making a difference cannot end the crisis on their own and need more help. Those who do not support their country’s involvement in what some say is one of the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II hinder the chance to end it. For generations to come the people of Syria will not be the same; education shapes the future for opportunity and success of the Syrian people and without it Syria might never rise again.

“Doing nothing is a policy, too.” Doing nothing will not stop lives from being lost. Doing nothing will not stop bombs from being dropped. Doing nothing will not teach Syrian children to read and write. Doing nothing will not save Syria.



  1. I really like this blog post and I agree that doing nothing is in fact making a statement. I’m curious to know what you think might help this crisis, particularly the Syrian children whose educations are suffering? Is it that you think the United States should step up to the plate and accept its fair share of refugees and integrate them into American public schooling systems? Or that the education programs in the refugee camps need to be improved? I completely agree to you that the loss of productivity of young minds who are confined to camps or to such horrible violence in Syria still is highly detrimental, but I’d be interested to know what you think specifically needs to happen differently to mitigate this.

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    1. Of course the ideal solution would be to end the whole crisis and be able to send the children back to school in their own country, but this is sadly not possible right now. Therefore I think it is important to give priority to families with school-age children and find them a safe haven as soon as possible. This would lesson the time the children spend out of school and give them a higher chance of succeeding in whichever country they end up in. From experience I know there are “Newcomers” schools in the U.S. that provide language classes and cultural transition classes for refugee children from around the world. Implementing programs like these could assuage the already difficult changes that are occurring.


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