Since its launch in 2013, the No Lost Generation (NLG) initiative has done much to galvanise international concern around the plight of children affected by the Syria crisis. While articulating fears about the possible “loss” of a whole generation of children to the effects of violence and displacement, the initiative has provided a framework for critical interventions in education and child protection, putting these front and centre of the response in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Lead by UNICEF and co-lead by World Vision, Save the Children and Mercy Corps, the NLG initiative has 20 active partners at the regional level. There are 100 partners on the ground working to support NLG’s objectives. These partners are a mix of international NGOs, national NGOs and UN agencies who work in partnership with key government agencies.

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How the future of Syria and the sub-region will look depends on how well all stakeholders adopt a shared vision to best address the needs of an entire generation of marginalized and vulnerable children, particularly adolescents, youth and communities. Moving forward, the NLG initiative will continue to function as a strategic framework covering the next 3 - 5 years and will focus on the following pillars; education, child protection and adolescent / youth engagement.

This event supports the education and adolescent / youth engagement components of the NLG initiative.