Julianne McKeon with Ambassador Glenn Miles.
Julianne McKeon with Ambassador Glenn Miles.

Getting the kids back to school in Syria

RECENTLY a news item depicted four young Syrian children who had been interviewed some years back fleeing their bombed city and recently on their return.

One of the young girls interviewed said that she is so happy to be back and now all she wants is to go to school.

At the recent BPW Coffs Harbour hosted lunch for Australia's Ambassador to Lebanon, Glenn Miles spoke of the work being done in Lebanon to get the 450,000 children in the refugee camps into school. Attendees at the lunch, including students from Coffs Harbour Senior College, gained a clear picture of the role of our diplomatic staff as well as an insight into the complexity of diplomacy in a country that has 1.5 million refugees, most of whom are women and children. Australia's role there focuses very strongly on aid, working with UN Agencies and NGOs with education a priority.

BPW Coffs Harbour has a strong commitment to education, particularly for women and girls. BPW has three clubs in Beirut and we will be able to commence communication with them on the refugee situation and what they may be doing to assist.

More information about BPW Coffs Harbour can be found at bpw.com.au/coffsharbour or find us on Facebook. Our next dinner meeting will be on May 9. All are welcome.



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