Organization cuts support for village school in southern Idlib

Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 28, 2019, 12:03:27 AM wire ART & CULTURE Culture

Idlib - SMART

The Sons of War Organization cut its support for the only school in the village of Farkaya, 23 kilometers south of Idlib, Northern Syria.

Hassan Barakat, the school principal, told SMART on Sunday that the school has about 574 pupils, 30 teachers and administrative staff, and teaches morning classes to pupils from the first to fourth elementary grades, and evening classes to pupils in the fifth elementary grade to the third secondary grade.

Barakat said that the Sons of War, which is funded by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), informed the school of the sudden cut without paying the staff for the last two months of work, adding that the staff will continue to work voluntarily. Barakat appealed to the Sons of War to reconsider its decision.

Yahya Barakat, a teacher, said that the school's educational staff was surprised by the funding cut. Due to the cut, the school can no longer afford heating, school equipment, salaries, and other services.

The Sons of War announced the cut after the Islamist faction Hayat Tahrir al-Sham gained control of areas in the Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama governorates, suspending the work of civil institutions, schools, universities and police stations, and paralyzing traffic.

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Writing Kaled Abdul-hamid | Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Maan Salti | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 28, 2019, 12:03:27 AM wire ART & CULTURE Culture
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