Educate A Child supports children’s education in Aleppo

UNICEF finished rehabilitation works in two schools and continue in other four to allow hundreds of children to continue education in safe environment.

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09 January 2020

Years of violence have taken a toll on the education system in the governorate of Aleppo, destroying and damaging schools, and causing teachers to flee their areas, leaving thousands of children without access to learning and overcrowding schools that are functional. It is estimated that over 267 schools in Aleppo and its suburbs are non-operational, leaving entire areas and villages with no functional learning spaces.

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Students play during recess, in their school yard rehabilitated through a generous contribution from Educate A Child. The rehabilitation included infrastructure repair, full-scale painting, and the provision of desks, chairs, whiteboards, and water and fuel tanks. This will allow hundreds of children to continue their education in a safe and comfortable learning environment.
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Siblings Ahmad, 6, and Hamza, 8, and their family lived through over three years of violence and displacement when fighting escalated in their hometown of Maskana in eastern rural Aleppo. Upon their return following respite in violence, they found their home and school damaged in fighting. Thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC), UNICEF was able to rehabilitate the 6 classroom- school, allowing the boys, along with 250 other students to continue their learning. “The school is much nicer than it ever was!” says Ahmad with a big smile on his face. “I love all the colors and drawings,”.

"The school is much nicer than it ever was!", "I love all the colors and drawings,".

Ahmad, 6

Thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC), UNICEF completed the rehabilitation of two schools in eastern rural Aleppo, while rehabilitation works continue in another four. The rehabilitation includes infrastructure repair, full-scale painting, and the provision of desks, chairs, whiteboards, and water and fuel tanks.

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Years of violence have caused severe damage to this school in Dayr Hafir in eastern rural Aleppo, forcing 100 children to miss out on their education. Thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child, UNICEF is undertaking light rehabilitation works and providing desks and heaters.
worker rehabilitating a classroom
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Years of violence have taken a toll on this school in Assafira, eastern rural Aleppo, forcing 455 children to give up on their dreams of learning. Thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC), UNICEF is rehabilitating the school, including infrastructural repairs, painting, the provision of desks, water tanks and heaters, as well as setting up centres for teachers training and a room for early childhood education.

UNICEF also equipped the schools with rooms for early childhood education and teacher-training centers. This will allow hundreds of children, including those who have returned to the area after years of displacement to continue their education in a safe and comfortable learning environment and restore a sense of normality into their lives.

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Catherine, 6, is excited to be in school for the first time, thanks to rehabilitation work done by UNICEF through a generous contribution from Educate A Child in Maskana, eastern rural Aleppo. “I feel like a big girl,” says Catherine who dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up.
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Akram, 8, loves to play football in his schoolyard during recess, thanks to rehabilitation works done by UNICEF and supported through a generous contribution from Educate A Child, on six schools in the governorate of Aleppo. Akram’s school allows over 100 children from the area to continue their learning.
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Miriam, 8, missed out on two years of education while on the move with her family fleeing violence. Now back to her hometown of Maskana in eastern rural Aleppo, she is excited to be back in school thanks to rehabilitation works by UNICEF and Educate A Child. Before the rehabilitation, Miriam’s school was operating with three damaged classrooms, where students attended class with no desks, windows or doors, braving the cold to pursue an education rightfully theirs.
student girl in the street
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Aya, 12, should be in Grade 7. However, with the closest secondary school more than 8 kilometers away from her house, she was faced with a tough decision. “Until a closer school opens, I either have to drop-out or repeat Grades 5 and 6,” explains Aya. “So, I chose to stay in school even if it means being the eldest one in class!” she adds. Aya and 250 other students go to a primary school rehabilitated by UNICEF with thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC). Years of violence have taken a toll on the education system in Aleppo, compounding needs for children of all ages.

“Until a closer school opens, I either have to drop-out or repeat Grades 5 and 6, So, I chose to stay in school even if it means being the eldest one in class!”

Aya, 12
student boy in a classroom
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Hazem, 9, lost three years of learning while on the move with his family fleeing violence in Maskana in eastern rural Aleppo. Now back to his hometown, he enrolled in one of the schools rehabilitated by UNICEF, thanks to a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC).