Yousef experienced studying in an actual school shortly after his 10th birthday

Thanks to UNICEF and a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC) who rehabilitated five schools in Homs, including Yousef’s.

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student boy in a classroom
UNICEF/Syria2019/Abdulaziz Aldroubi
09 January 2020

Five years ago, when it was time for little Yousef to start school, his only option was to study in a dark and dusty basement on the outskirts of Ar-Rastan in northern rural Homs.

A group of passionate teachers had come together, using whatever they could rescue from schools destroyed in fighting in the area and turned the basement into a makeshift school.

“I remember it being very stuffy,” recalls Yousef who attended the underground school for three years. “And we were often interrupted by noises of nearby fighting,” he says.

“I remember it being very stuffy, And we were often interrupted by noises of nearby fighting,”

Yousef

Last year, shortly after his 10th birthday, Yousef got to experience studying in an actual school thanks to UNICEF and a generous contribution from Educate A Child (EAC) who rehabilitated five schools in Homs, including Yousef’s.

The rehabilitation included infrastructure repair, full-scale painting, and the provision of desks, chairs, whiteboards, and water and fuel tanks.

Yousef’s school is now working double shifts to allow over 2,000 children to continue their education in a safe and comfortable learning environment. The school offers the UNICEF-supported Curriculum b programme, an especially-designed curriculum that allows children who have missed out on years of education to complete two academic years in one and catch up with their peers in half the required time.

“Thanks to the rehabilitation works, we are now able to provide children with quality education,” says Nahed Al-Madani, the school principal.