Around 25,000 students resumed their learning in Aleppo.

UNICEF and partners supported the rehabilitation of schools in some of the governorate’s most vulnerable areas.

UNICEF
19 December 2021

More than a decade of conflict in Syria has taken a heavy toll on children’s learning, negatively affecting the education infrastructure. More than two million students have been forced out of school and nearly one million and a half are at risk of dropping out. UNICEF has been supporting children, across the country, to access education, a pathway towards achieving their full potential.

This year, in Aleppo, UNICEF has supported the rehabilitation of 16 schools in some of the governorate’s most vulnerable areas. With thanks to generous support from Japan, Germany and the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, 25,000 students have been able to resume learning. Schools have been provided with furniture, such as whiteboards and school desks; water, sanitation and hygiene facilities have been rehabilitated; and ramps have been put in place to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities. Similarly, with funding from Japan, Germany and the EU Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), UNICEF has provided 13,000 students with school bags and stationery to support their enrolment to school.

Students gathered in front of a school
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Youssef Alazmeh’ a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood of Aleppo city, Syria, reopened its doors for students at the start of the new academic year 2021-2022 after the light rehabilitation works by UNICEF were completed. The school that was heavily damaged during the conflict and it is among 16 schools in Aleppo governorate that UNICEF helped rehabilitate this year. With thanks to generous support from Japan, Germany and the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation, 25,000 students have been able to resume learning.
Teacher opening new school bag of a student girl
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Students in Grade 4 explore the new school bags and stationery items distributed by UNICEF at Youssef Alazmeh school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood, old Aleppo city, Syria. The school was rehabilitated this year by UNICEF with funding from the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation.
A student boy showing his new school bag
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“It’s my first time at school in six years,” says Yasseen, 12. When he was six years old, he had to drop out. In 2019, he took on a full-time job at a furniture workshop to support his family. But working was not enough for him, he wanted to resume learning. He enrolled in the UNICEF-supported ‘Curriculum B’ programme, combining two academic years in one, allowing students to catch up to their peers and get back to regular school. Nowadays, Yasseen goes to the workshop to work after her finishes school during the weekend.

“It’s my first time at school in six years,”

Yasseen, 12
Student girl in classroom
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“I remember getting a similar backpack when I was in Grade 1. It wore out over time and I’m very happy to receive a new one,” says Elham, 9. She is in Grade 4 at the UNICEF-rehabilitated Youssef Alazmeh school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood, old Aleppo city, Syria.
Student boy with new school back bag
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“I had only one notebook to use throughout the year, but now I have more,” says Youssef, 10, after receiving his new school bag, containing stationery items, distributed by UNICEF at Youssef Alazmeh school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood, Aleppo city, Syria.
students in school yard
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A UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood of Aleppo city, Syria, reopened its doors for students at the start of the new academic year 2021-2022 after the light rehabilitation works were completed. The school called ‘Youssef Alazmeh’ is among the 16 schools UNICEF helped rehabilitate in the governorate this year. The rehabilitation works included providing the schools with furniture, such as whiteboards and school desks, rehabilitating water, sanitation and hygiene facilities; and equipping the schools with ramps to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities.

To keep children and teachers safe against COVID-19, UNICEF has similarly supported schools in Syria with hygiene kits, sterilization equipment, and regular awareness raising sessions on the preventive measures against the pandemic.

student boy washing hands
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A UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood of Aleppo city, Syria, reopened its doors for students at the start of the new academic year 2021-2022 after the light rehabilitation works were completed. The school called ‘Youssef Alazmeh’ is among the 16 schools UNICEF helped rehabilitate in the governorate this year. The rehabilitation works included providing the schools with furniture, such as whiteboards and school desks, rehabilitating water, sanitation and hygiene facilities; and equipping the schools with ramps to ensure the inclusion of children with disabilities.
Man spraying desks with disinfectants
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A worker disinfects a classroom at Youssef Alzameh school in Bab Alnirab neighbourhood, Aleppo city, Syria.