Displaced man teaches camp children in Idlib, despite sparse resources

تحرير محمد الحاج | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 31 مايو، 2018 8:18:31 م خبر اجتماعيفن وثقافة ثقافة

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Muhammad al-Abbas, an internally displaced teacher from Eastern Hama, transformed a tent into a small school to teach the children of Batenta camp in Idlib, Northern Syria.

Al-Abbas first collected donations from the camp's residents so that he could prepare the tent with modest equipment to teach the internally displaced children who have not attended school for years. The children were forced to stop going to school due to displacement and lack of support from organizations and local administration.

On his reasons for establishing the tent, al-Abbas says, "I was forced to leave the Eastern Hama countryside four years ago. During these years, our children did not have the chance to continue their studies and no organization took on this cause. Four months ago, we decided to collect donations to buy a tent, pens, pencils and books for children."

The teacher clarified that  despite the harsh conditions, the children are willing to study. About 55 students attend lessons sitting on the ground in tents, amidst the summer's high temperatures and fasting.

Al-Abbas added: "We aim to teach our children something in this life, even if it is only teaching them how to write their names. Most of the children have a strong motivation to study but they need care and support." Al-Abbas said that education level of students in third and fourth grade is currently equivalent to that of first grade students.

Muhammad al-Abbas appealed to humanitarian organizations and concerned parties to provide them with places and facilities to teach the children.

The camp's residents insist on sending their children to the "education tent." Abu Ali, a displaced man, says "our children stopped their studies three to four years ago. We found that teaching them in the tent is a solution so we collected donations (…) I find that teaching children is an important thing, but they have no seating and they attend lessons sitting on the ground."

Despite the modest equipment and the crowded tent, the children expressed their happiness to study with their teacher, al-Abbas. Ranim, a student in second grade, says, "For four years we have not read or written anything due to bombing and warplanes, I came here to study."

Children in the camps have suffered from harsh humanitarian conditions and have not studied for years. They lack medical support, and disease spreads readily.

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تحرير محمد الحاج | ترجمة نهى سالطي | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 31 مايو، 2018 8:18:31 م خبر اجتماعيفن وثقافة ثقافة
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