UNICEF supports Grade 12 students crossing conflict-lines to take national exams in Deir-ez-Zor

More than 10,000 children sit for their exams, coming from war-ravaged and hard-to-reach-areas across Syria. Thanks to generous contributions from Finland, Japan and Canada.

UNICEF
29 August 2020

In June, more than 10,000 children set out on a journey to cross lines conflict lines to sit for their Grade 12 national exams, coming from war-ravaged and hard-to-reach-areas across Syria, including Aleppo, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor as well as from neighboring Lebanon where they had sought refuge.

UNICEF volunteer giving stationary to student in classroom
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A UNICEF-supported volunteer hands Maryam, 19, a set of stationary as part of UNICEF’s response to support children crossing conflict lines to take their grade 12 national exams. She came to Deir-ez-Zor city from Ar-Raqqa, northeastern Syria, to sit for her Grade 12 national exam.
UNICEF volunteer giving stationary to student in classroom
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Bashar Al-Kheder
Asma, 19, receiving a set of stationary from a UNICEF-supported volunteer at Satea Alhusari school-tuned-accommodation centre in Deir-ez-Zor city. She arrived from her war-torn home city of Hajin, southern rural Deir-ez-Zor, following an arduous journey to sit for Grade 12 national exams.
student receiving stationary in classroom
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Bashar Al-Kheder
Yasmine, 18, receiving a set of stationary from a UNICEF-supported volunteer at Satea Alhusari school-tuned-accommodation centre in Deir-ez-Zor city as part of UNICEF’s response to support children crossing conflict lines to take their national exams. Yasmin, from Ar-Raqqa, northeastern Syria, underwent a long journey to Deir-ez-Zor to sit for the Grade 12 national exams and pursue her dream of graduating school.
UNICEF volunteer giving stationary to student in classroom
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Bashar Al-Kheder
Zainab, 18, receiving a set of stationary from a UNICEF-supported volunteer at Satea Alhusari school-tuned-accommodation centre in Deir-ez-Zor city. She arrived in Deir-ez-Zor city following a long journey from her home in Ar-Raqqa, northeastern Syria to sit for the Grade 12 national exams

In Deir-ez-Zor, thanks to generous contributions from Finland, Japan and Canada, UNICEF has provided bursaries, supporting children and caregivers with their transportation costs, as well as stationary, learning kits and remedial classes to help students prepare for the exams. UNICEF also prepared four accommodation centres across the governorate through the rehabilitation of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, provision of safe drinking water and soap bars, installation of windows and doors, maintenance of electricity and disinfection of the premises, ensuring their suitability amid COVID-19 challenges.