14 December 2023

UNICEF-rehabilitated school enables more children to continue their education in Rural Damascus

Almost 13 years into the conflict in Syria, nearly half of school-aged children are out of school and a third of the country’s schools are not functional. UNICEF has been supporting the children to continue their education. Light rehabilitation of schools is one of the ways UNICEF is helping. The rehabilitation works include the installation and…, (Left to right) Habiba, Lymar and Maryam, all 12, walking into a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488038/Hussam Dabaan A groups of school girls sitting together in the school yard. UNI488027, Girls gather in the yard of their UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488027/Hussam Dabaan A teacher points at some work on the whiteboard. UNI488037, “The girls now have a comfortable space to learn in,” said Asmaa. She teaches an Arabic class to her students at a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488037/Hussam Dabaan Girls working attentively in the classroom. UNI488034, Grade 8 students attend an Arabic class at a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488034/Hussam Dabaan A girls making a complex drawing on a blackboard in the classroom. UNI488036, “I aspire to become an architect in the future and I like learning languages, such as English and French,” said Hala, 13, during class., UNICEF/UNI488036/Hussam Dabaan Three school girls chatting. UNI488031, (Right to left) Ayat, Yasmeen, and Baraa, all of them 14, chat inside the UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488031/Hussam Dabaan A school girl writing on the blackboard in class. UNI488035, “School will help me to make my dream of becoming a doctor come true. I love how the building looks like now,” said Layan, 13, during class. She attends Grade 8 at a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488035/Hussam Dabaan Girls washing their hands at a handwashing station. UNI488033, "It’s great to have clean water available in school to freshen up," said Zeina, 13, as she and her friend Sham wash their hands in the yard of a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488033/Hussam Dabaan A group of girls hold hands in a big circle, playing in the school yard. UNI488032, Girls play in the yard of a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488032/Hussam Dabaan Two girls holding hands spinning around. UNI488030, Students play in the yard of a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, called The Fourth School for girls, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488030/Hussam Dabaan Girls listening attentively in their class. UNI488028, "I'm really happy about our new school. I like how clean it is. We're doing our best to keep it like that. Nowadays, I love coming to school to learn and build a future for myself," said Lymar, at a UNICEF-rehabilitated school in Irbeen, Rural Damascus., UNICEF/UNI488028/Hussam Dabaan Three girls walk towards the school entrance. A groups of school girls sitting together in the school yard. A teacher points at some work on the whiteboard. Girls working attentively in the classroom. A girls making a complex drawing on a blackboard in the classroom. Three school girls chatting. A school girl writing…
16 January 2023

Helping children to continue learning

Ashrafiet Sehnaya, Rural Damascus: A UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Ashrafiet Sehnaya in Rural Damascus helps children who have never been school or who have been temporarily forced to drop out from formal education to continue learning. The centre runs a self-learning programme and provides remedial classes and recreational…, Leen, 13, a Grade 7 student, attending an English language remedial class in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “I am attending English and mathematics classes in the centre. Since I started, my results in school have improved so much,” Leen said., UNICEF/UN0764301/Johnny Shahan young girl holding shadow stick with shadow puppet behind a screen UN0764315, Nathalie, 13, learned how to shadow play during recreational educational activities in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “My name in the play is Karaz. It is about a good man who likes helping people. I really enjoy passing good messages to my friends this way,” Nathalie said., UNICEF/UN0764315/Johnny Shahan smiling girl holding a puppet under her arm UN0764305, Sara, 13, learned how to shadow play during recreational educational activities in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. Sara takes remedial classes in the centre. “I enjoy the most changing my voice when I change characters during shadow play. One day I will become an actress,” Sara said., UNICEF/UN0764305/Johnny Shahan boy sitting in class smiling broadly UN0764303, Obay, 8, attending a self-learning class in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “I want to study hard to become a pilot and fly my plane to Iraq and visit my father whenever I miss him,” Obay said., UNICEF/UN0764303/Johnny Shahan girl sitting at her desk in class listening attentively UN0764302, Sham, 13, a Grade 7 student, attending an English language remedial class in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “I am glad that the centre is my town, I don’t have to worry about the transportation hassle. I am studying hard to achieve my dream and become a doctor,” Sham said., UNICEF/UN0764302/Johnny Shahan girl sitting at her desk in class smiling UN0764289, Marwa, 9, attending a self-learning class in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “Today we learnt the letter M. It is my favourite letter because my name starts with it. When I grow up, I want to become an engineer, which starts with M too in Arabic language (Mohandesa),” Marwa said smiling., UNICEF/UN0764289/Johnny Shahan boy sitting in class smiling broadly UN0764288, Majd, 8, attending a self-learning class in a UNICEF-supported integrated learning centre in Sehnaya, Rural Damascus. “I like mathematics. I have to learn how to calculate well as I want to become a taxi driver and need to know how to calculate when I ask the clients to pay,” he said., UNICEF/UN0764288/Johnny Shahan girl sitting in class holding up her right hand young girl holding shadow stick with shadow puppet behind a screen smiling girl holding a puppet under her arm boy sitting in class smiling broadly girl sitting at her desk in class listening attentively girl sitting at her desk in class smiling boy sitting in class…
23 November 2022

Learning restarts in classrooms at a rehabilitated school

Zamalka, Rural Damascus, Syria: In Syria, one in three schools are no longer used for educational purposes. They have been severely damaged, continue to shelter displaced families or are being used for other purposes. Low numbers of rehabilitated schools and overcrowded classrooms further hamper children’s access to learning. The Martyr Mohamed…, Joud, 7, a Grade 2 student, playing a game by drawing on the board in his classroom in a newly rehabilitated school in Zamalka, rural Damascus. “I like my new classroom and my teacher. I feel excited when the teacher asks me to write on the board,” Joud said., UNICEF/UN0742171/Johnny Shahan teacher in classroom with learners UN0742174, Grade 6 students during an Arabic lesson in a newly rehabilitated school in Zamalka, rural Damascus. “Last year, some students used to attend classes while standing up or sitting on the ground because we never had enough desks. This year, each student has their own desk, and finally, we are back to normal,” Fatima, the teacher, explained., UNICEF/UN0742174/Johnny Shahan boys playing game in class UN0742169, Kosai, 7, a Grade 2 student, playing a game in his classroom in a newly rehabilitated school in Zamalka, rural Damascus. “My school is the most beautiful school in the world!” said Kosai., UNICEF/UN0742169/Johnny Shahan boy in classroom UN0742163, Mohamed, 7, a grade 2 student, during an Arabic lesson in a newly rehabilitated school Zamalka, rural Damascus. “My favourite thing about school is learning how to write and read like my older siblings,” Mohamed said., UNICEF/UN0742163/Johnny Shahan children in classroom UN0742172, Grade 5 classroom in a newly rehabilitated school in Zamalka, rural Damascus., UNICEF/UN0742172/Johnny Shahan boy writing on the blackboard teacher in classroom with learners boys playing game in class boy in classroom children in classroom