In the Tabqa region of Syria, the Safe Childhood Centre has established a literacy program for children ages 12 to 18. Four groups of children have already graduated from since its establishment in October 2017.
In the city of Tabqa in the western countryside of Raqqa, a project has been launched to reduce illiteracy and improve education in the city. Due to the conflicts that the country has faced, the children of the city have not been able to attend school for the past seven years, leading to high rates of illiteracy, especially amongst the younger kids.
As a result, local organisations and educators in the city helped build the Safe Childhood Centre, which seeks to educate the children of Tabqa.
“The Safe Childhood Centre contains a literacy program, and every three months a batch [of students] graduate,” said Ahmed al-Sheikh Musa, the Director of the Safe Childhood Centre. “The program began on 15 October 2017, and so far, four groups have graduated.”
The project enrols dozens of youth from Tabqa between the ages of 12 and 18, who are then divided into different grades and levels.
“Within the literacy program, we have four grades, which are divided into several levels,” said Bara’ al-Ali, a facilitator. “We enrol the students, and we proctor an exam that enables us to know the level of reading and writing for the students.”
Since the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the city of Raqqa in October 2017, schools have begun operating in the city. Parents and administrators in the city made it a priority to try and revamp the educational sector to combat ignorance after Raqqa’s liberation.
However, they have complained that the education sector is not receiving any funding or support from the local government and international organisations. As a result, many students quit school, especially during the winter due to cold weather and the absence of heating and windows. Despite these struggles, students in Raqqa have expressed their willingness to continue their studies and persevere against all the odds.
This fact alone should encourage local governments and international organisations to invest in the education sector in the city.