Children in Aleppo go back to a safe learning environment

UNICEF aims to help around 10,000 children to go back to a safe learning environment, and reach grade one students through the provision of more than 12,000 school bags across Aleppo.

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29 October 2019

UNICEF supports children in Aleppo go back to a safe learning environment After eight years of the crisis in Syria, violence and displacement have left noticeable marks on the education infrastructure leaving one in three schools damaged or destroyed and thus too many children at risk of a future less promising than that of other children their age.

In Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo, with thanks to a generous contribution from Germany, about 600 children have resumed their learning with the start of this school year in two schools rehabilitated by UNICEF.

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In Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo, with thanks to a generous contribution from Germany, about 600 children have resumed their learning with the start of this school year in two schools rehabilitated by UNICEF.
students in a classroom
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In Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo, with thanks to a generous contribution from Germany, about 600 children have resumed their learning with the start of this school year in two schools rehabilitated by UNICEF.

 The light rehabilitation works include the provision of school supplies and furniture such as whiteboards and desks, rehabilitating water and sanitation facilities and equipping them with ramps to make them convenient for the use of children with disabilities thus more inclusive, as well as establishing Early Childhood Education Centres (ECEs) to introduce pre-school age children to basic literacy and numeracy skills through simple and recreational means.

Having missed out on years of learning due to displacement and conflict, many of the children in Tal Refaat also benefit from UNICEF’s ‘Curriculum B’, an accelerated learning programme helping those who missed out on their education catch up to their peers.

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“It feels good to be back to school. It’s been a while!” say Ouais, 9, and Mohammad Omar, 14, (left to right), who were out of school for four years due to conflict and multiple displacements. This month they resumed their education in a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo. With their family, the two siblings had to flee their hometown of Afrin, north Aleppo, for safety more than a year ago. The family sought shelter first in Tal Refaat, then Fafin, north rural Aleppo, and later came back to Tal Rafaat. Both benefit from UNICEF’s ‘Curriculum B’, accelerated learning programme, helping children who missed out on years of education catch up with their peers.
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“I’m so excited to tell mom I got a new school bag instead of the plastic bag I had carried my books in,” says Mariam, 6, (leftmost). She studies grade one in a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo.

“I’m so excited to tell mom I got a new school bag instead of the plastic bag I had carried my books in,”

Mariam, 6,
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“I like being in the classroom and I love using my new bag instead of the old worn-out one I had,” says Eyad, 7, who goes to a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo.
students in a classroom
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Suzan, 12, (rightmost) was out of school for two years due to displacement, but thanks to UNICEF’s ‘Curriculum B’, an accelerated learning programe, she has resumed her learning with the beginning of this school year in a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo.
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“I couldn’t stop smiling when I got the new school bag,” says Majd, 7, (leftmost), who attends grade one in a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Tal Refaat, north rural Aleppo.

In Aleppo governorate, UNICEF aims to help around 10,000 children to go back to a safe learning environment through light school rehabilitation with generous contributions from Educate A Child (EAC) and Germany. UNICEF is also aiming to reach grade one students across Aleppo through the provision of more than 12,000 school bags, ensuring the children are well-equipped for the school year ahead.