Since the liberation of large swaths of Deir ez-Zour from ISIS in late 2017, schools and services have gradually started to return to various areas in the province.
The Deir ez-Zour Civil Council recently opened 319 schools serving the 105,000 children currently in the province. The schools operating in Gharanij, al-Kishkiyah, and Albu Hamam are staffed with about 3,886 teachers and are the last schools to open in the areas. The reopening of schools has been occurring in the past few months since increased stability witnessed in both SDF and government-held areas.
In March of this year, a Centre of Education in Kasrah was also opened seeking to assist over 100 schools across Deir ez-Zour Province. This came as UNICEF began an initiative to provide vaccines for the infants and children under five living in Basira, which is located in eastern Deir ez-Zour.
The Civic Council has also opened two municipalities in Basira, Gharanij, al-Kishkiyah, and Albu Hamam villages in the eastern countryside of the province, which seek to serve the residents. The municipalities, which were opened in cooperation with the Services and Municipalities Office, provide water, trash collection services, and other daily needs for residents of the towns and villages.
A housing initiative was started by the Civil Council earlier this year to allow for IDPs to return to their areas, which are now under SDF control. Amongst other services that the Civic Council is providing is agricultural reform for organisations along the Euphrates. The organisations which use 75 agricultural engines running on diesel fuel, cost about 55 million Syrian Liras to operate. So far the reforms have taken place in Jazarat Milaj, Jazarat Albu Humaid, Kasra, al-Sawa, and Mahmida. According to a member of the Civic Council, the work on agricultural reform is set to be complete by the beginning of the summer.