Syrian Children Study in Damaged School Building

In a village in southern Idlib, students study in classrooms without windows, in a school partially destroyed by the war.

To reach the school, Syrian children living in the southern Idlib village have to walk past destroyed buildings. Their school buildings have also suffered severe damage due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

The school teachers are worried about the conditions faced by their students. The principal of Iyad Zariq is anxious about the worst they will face.

“We are working to rebuild some classrooms. But we are entering winter and most classrooms need windows,” he explained.

Syrian students attend classes at the start of the new school year in the northern city of Raqqa, September 23, 2021. (Delil SOULEIMAN/AFP)

Syrian students attend classes at the start of the new school year in the northern city of Raqqa, September 23, 2021. (Delil SOULEIMAN/AFP)

The school year started later than expected due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Syria in recent months.

The rise in coronavirus cases comes amid a serious escalation of violence in Idlib, 18 months after a ceasefire between Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, brought calm.

In recent months, air strikes and artillery fire by government forces have left dozens dead or injured.

Syria has been embroiled in a 10-year civil war that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and displaced millions, including more than five million who fled abroad.

Syrian students attend classes at the start of the new school year in the northern city of Raqqa, September 23, 2021. (Delil SOULEIMAN/AFP)

Syrian students attend classes at the start of the new school year in the northern city of Raqqa, September 23, 2021. (Delil SOULEIMAN/AFP)

Mahmoud Wahoob, a school teacher said, after years of war, children face many challenges and schools are not sufficiently equipped to deal with these problems.

“Due to living in war conditions for the past 10 years, we have faced many difficulties with children and students at school. Our school lacks in many ways, including in teaching methods, experience or financial support. There are several problems experienced by children -children because their education was disrupted due to the war. So there are children aged 6, 7, or 8 years who are still in grade 1 of elementary school, “explained Mahmpud Wahoob.

He added that a number of children were forced to skip school because of the fighting, which made them miss their lessons. [lj/ab]

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