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School aid for Syrian children who know war planes but not shops

School aid for Syrian children who know war planes but not shops

In Syria, there are youngsters attending school who have lived their whole lives in a war zone and are fearful of being attacked.

According to the director of a Syrian education initiative, there were youngsters who did not know what a shopping mall was, but who was able to recognize every war jet.

International Development Secretary Dominic Raab said that the assistance will benefit some of the “world’s most needy youngsters.”

Assistance organizations, on the other hand, have already called on the government to restore its cutbacks to the total aid budget – with a group of notable Conservative MPs attempting to overturn the reduction from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of GDP.

During Syria’s decade-long war, the Syrian Education Programme, which is funded by the United Kingdom and operates in opposition-held north-western Syria, has assisted in keeping children in school, paying instructors, and addressing the psychological difficulties of youngsters.

‘Window to the world’

 

“The other day, I was talking with a group of teachers about a reading exercise for children, and we came across the term shopping mall,’ and the kids had no idea what it meant,” said a Syrian project leader who works with students who have grown up with conflict as a continuous backdrop.

However, he said that the same youngsters could recognize any sort of military jet by the sound it produced – in a country where violence and the displacement of people had been a part of their childhood experience, according to him.

As the Syrian project head, who requested anonymity for security concerns, told the Dailion, “That isn’t how children should be nurtured.”

“They have a right to know what is going on outside.” They have suffered much, but trust me when I say that the professors have high hopes for them. They believe that education is a portal to the rest of the world.”

Schoolchildren in this section of a militarily split nation continue to study and take exams despite the bombings and bombing strikes that have taken place, as well as the Covid epidemic that has spread.

This provides youngsters with “hope and skills, as well as safety, confidence, and self-esteem,” according to Helen Grant, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’s special envoy for female education.

‘Traumatised’

According to Mrs. Grant, “When they arrive at school, they’ve frequently been traumatized by the bombs,” and even if the “school” is merely a tent, it becomes a “lifeline” where children may establish friends and reclaim their self-confidence, she said.

Schools being open provides an opportunity for families to escape the “cycles of poverty,” according to Mrs. Grant, who cautioned that girls were especially susceptible to losing out on education in such crisis zones.

In the words of the special envoy and member of Parliament, “schools are very much bringing hope and a feeling of optimism and a future, and that is really, sadly needed.”

Because many instructors in this region of Syria are underpaid, the project’s director described continuing to volunteer to attend school for these educators as “an act of resistance, an act of faith.”

He, on the other hand, supported the assistance funds that would pay teachers since, otherwise, they would be forced to shut schools and find other employment.

Girls at risk

The £15.8 million in funding announced by the United Kingdom government will be used to research effective methods of sustaining education in areas affected by major, long-lasting disruptions, such as wars, political violence, refugees being pushed across borders, and natural disasters, among other things.

In addition to Syria, this will benefit education in northern Nigeria, Jordan, Myanmar, South Sudan, and Lebanon, among other countries.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that children living in war and prolonged, long-term crisis contexts are “without a doubt” among the world’s most vulnerable people.

Moreover, girls are especially vulnerable, according to her, since they are more likely to drop out of school and be at risk for sexual abuse, early marriage, and human trafficking.

£400 million has been set aside for supporting girls’ education, and the United Kingdom will provide an additional £430 million in aid to the Global Partnership for Education, a global coordination organization that hopes to raise $5 billion (£3.5 billion) at a summit on education scheduled for later this month.

 

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