Aid & Development

UNICEF-backed programme re-schools IDPs in Northern Syria


Thanks to a programme funded by UNICEF, internally displaced children living in northern Syria have the opportunity to return to school.

Three sisters forced to flee from northwestern Syria have finally returned to their studies through a self-education program run by the One World Children’s Association in IDP camps in northern Syria, in partnership with UNICEF.

The three girls, Bushra, Sidra and Rasha, fled from the countryside of Hama as a result of the recent military campaign led by the Syrian Government, which is aiming to re-capture the last-remaining rebel stronghold in the country.

After over a year without education, Bushra, Sidra and Rasha have expressed their joy at returning to education.

“We fled to the camp because of the shelling and I had to leave my school for a year,” said Bushra. “I have registered in the self- education centre and have new friends and I want to become a doctor in the future. I love learning very much because it is useful and I hope to be one of the top students.”

“I want to become an Arabic language teacher in the future because I love this language very much,” said Sidra.

The Greater Idlib region of Syria, spanning parts of northern Hama, northern Latakia, Idlib, and western Aleppo provinces, is the last part of the country still controlled by rebel groups.

In late April, the Syrian army, propped up by the Russian Government, began to launch heavy airstrikes on rebel-held towns and villages in the area. Last week, the latest estimate of civilian casualties since the offensive began put the figure at 544 dead and over 2,000 people.

Russia and the Syrian army have continuously denied that their jets strike civilian areas indiscriminately with cluster munitions and incendiary weapons, which residents in opposition areas say are meant to paralyse every-day life.

Moscow says its forces and the Syrian army are fending off terror attacks by terrorists whom they say hit populated, government-held areas, and it accuses rebels of wrecking a ceasefire deal agreed last year between Turkey and Russia.