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The Envisioned Challenges

A recommendation for a regional body with such a mandate operating under such complex circumstances must also acknowledge the expected challenges it might face. So too should it point to why it is put forward above all other options. The following section lays out some considerations for how to mitigate these challenges, where envisioned, and what conditions must be in place to facilitate the successful establishment of a durable certification solution for forcibly displaced children in northern Syria.

Recognition Cannot Be Assured

As inclusive and holistic as the establishment of such a body and protocol might be, and as much as can be learned from the lessons of collaboration and transparency of process, recognition of certificates cannot be assured. This will be especially true if the recommendation to collaborate with as many actors invested in northern Syria as possible is not taken up.

Security Concerns Are Legitimate

Although every effort can be made to protect the safety, security, and confidentiality of participating actors within the proposed system, it is possible that children, teachers, and other stakeholders might be at risk. As noted earlier, IDPs can be seen as enemies of the state and, at the same time, it is acknowledged that representatives of the Ministry of Education of the recognized Government of Syria must be involved in the proposed process. However, protocol for the protection of those organizations unaffiliated with the government but involved with education service delivery in northern Syria—as well as end users (e.g., students and teachers)—must be put in place.

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