Middle East

Group: Half of Syrian refugee kids in Lebanon not in school

  • FILE - In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, a Syrian refugee girl sits in a classroom at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, at Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 file photo, a Syrian refugee girl sits in a classroom at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, at Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Syrian refugee children sit on the ground as they listen to their teacher inside a tent that has been turned into a makeshift school, at a Syrian refugee camp in Qab Elias, a village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    FILE -- In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 file photo, Syrian refugee children sit on the ground as they listen to their teacher inside a tent that has been turned into a makeshift school, at a Syrian refugee camp in Qab Elias, a village in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, a Syrian refugee girl begs for money in traffic, in Beirut, Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

    FILE -- In this Feb. 10, 2016 file photo, a Syrian refugee girl begs for money in traffic, in Beirut, Lebanon. Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights group, said in a report released Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education. Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)  (The Associated Press)

A leading international human rights group says more than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon do not go to school and receive no formal education.

Human Rights Watch says that although Lebanon has allowed Syrian refugee children to enroll for free in public schools, limited resources and residency, as well as work restrictions on their parents, are keeping the kids away from school.

The New York-based group's findings come in a new report released on Tuesday.

Since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon, which is now home to some 1.1 million registered refugees.

HRW said there are nearly 500,000 Syrian children between the age of three and 18 in Lebanon.