The reality of education in the camps of northern Syria

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The education sector is one of the most prominent sectors against which the conditions of societies are measured, and represents a logical criterion for progress and development. Syrian children also adhere to education in the hope of a better future despite living in a war-torn country. A generation born and raised in an environment of conflict remains committed to education despite difficult circumstances.

The difficulties of education for children in Idlib are many, in addition to the suffering of displacement that has affected their education, since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, the very violent security solution towards civilians is the education sector, which has been subjected to the worst types of systematic destruction, and since the children of Daraa wrote on one of their schools, “The regime will fall.” Schools and their students have become targets of all kinds of barbarism. And turned from schools to shelters and ruins.

372 schools went out of service during the recent campaign by the Syrian regime and its allies against

Idlib countryside, as well as many schools in the northern countryside of Idlib are overflowing with displaced people who were displaced from

The countryside of Idlib and Hama in recent months, and the displaced children are being added to the students

Of the people of the area, which leads to overcrowding of classrooms.

The suffering of thousands of children in the camps of northern Syria is exacerbated in the winter season, with severe cold and rain, lack of winter clothes and means of heating, in addition to the spread of mud and mud that impedes movement inside the camps.

 There is no infrastructure at the school, and students are forced to walk through mud to reach their classrooms.

As the camps are narrowed by tens of thousands of displaced people, including a large number of children of school age, and accordingly, the distance education process has brought benefit in light of the Corona virus pandemic and for the safety of children’s health, but there are many difficulties “lack of the Internet for the majority of students, in addition to the difficulty Charging mobile phones, and as they are not available to the student, so the student often uses the phone of his father or mother.

School tents also suffer from the absence of financial support, the multiplicity of teaching curricula, the lack of teachers, and the absence of scientific expertise and competencies, as more than a third of the number of teachers hold only a high school diploma, as they are forced to rely on them because they do not pay adequate wages commensurate with the high cost of living in Idlib and its countryside.

Teachers complain about the low salary, which forces them to look for another job in order to earn a living and not to spend time in school; While hundreds of teachers were left without a job because they were not absorbed into the educational program.

Also, one of the students talks to his teacher: We would rather look for a job in order to help our family than go to the school where there is no longer any commitment due to the students and teachers dropping out, and the lack of sufficient numbers of books and school supplies.

The teachers are doing what they can to educate as many children as possible because these children are our future, it is unfortunate that they continue their education under harsh conditions. Their families cannot do much for them, but they still continue their education with very limited resources.