Our response to the Syrian crisis Anna Riggall Anna Riggall Head of Research Dr Anna Riggall leads Education Development Trust's global programme of academic educational research and promotes evidence engagement across the organisation. She has over 20 years’ experience leading international educational research and holds an MA in Education & Development Studies and PhD in Education. She specialises in the areas of education system reform, education for marginalised groups including children with disabilities, girls and refugees, teacher development, leadership, accountability and education in emergencies. Lina Aghajanian Lina Aghajanian Project Manager Lina oversees much of our English language and teacher development work in the Middle East – notably in Lebanon and Jordan. An experienced and exemplary programme manager and also an English language teacher, she is currently heading up much-needed work to develop the English language and teaching skills of teachers of refugees. Lina is responsible for our portfolio of projects funded by the Alexandria Schools Trust, which aims to promote and improve the learning of English language in the Middle East. Susy Ndaruhutse Susy Ndaruhutse Head of global programme quality Susy is responsible for Education Development Trust’s global work supporting education system reform. With 20 years’ experience of working collaboratively with low- and middle-income governments, multilateral and bilateral donors, and NGOs on policy, strategy, finance and capacity development initiatives, she uses her expertise to oversee the quality of our work. She is a strong believer in drawing from the best available global evidence on what works, but taking into account the local political, economic and social context to ensure that all the work we do is responsive to local needs and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations of young people. Our work in response to the Syrian refugee crisis has three core elements: we upskill teachers of refugees on the ground in Lebanon and Jordan; we advise and support governments and agencies on policy; and we contribute to the much-needed evidence base through our research. The number of Syrian refugees living outside of their country is reportedly 5.6million, of which 29.3% of those are school age (5-17 years). If children and young people do not receive an education, the effects will impact on the rebuilding of their lives, the lives of their families and ultimately, their country. We have been working in three key ways in response to the Syrian refugee crisis; find out more about our work in this report.