Aid & Development

Volunteers in northwestern Syria give all they have to provide education to displaced children


The bombardment of schools in Idlib Province has meant that children are largely reliant on volunteers to provide them with education at a time of conflict.

Kafr Sajnah is a camp located in the north of Idlib Province in Syria accommodating children displaced from other parts of the province as a result of the ongoing military conflict in the region.

The stories of children ending up in the camps and the painful memories that they recollect are now a normal part of life in northwestern Syria.

“We used to go to school to learn. Then, the aeroplane bombed the school and destroyed it. Now, we are learning in a small room that doesn’t fit all the students. We need to learn and we need classes, books, copybooks, and pens”, said Muhammad Mahmud al-Qadi, a child living in Kafr Sajnah camp.

It is thanks to the efforts expended by local volunteer teachers, who themselves have been displaced from other areas to Kafr Sajnah. They are provided their own living spaces within the camp to teach the children.

“We provided this small room where I live, so that students can learn because students from the first to the ninth grade are integrated,” said Abdullah al-Qadi, a displaced teacher at the camp. “They study all the subjects for one or two hours a day, such as mathematics, science, and languages. We give them all the materials so they learn because there is no other alternative”.

The camp in Kafr Sajnah was established around two months ago to cope with the uptick of military violence around the Greater Idlib region between several Syrian rebel factions and the Syrian regime, along with its Russian allies. The escalation of clashes in the region has had a detrimental effect on local civilians who have been displaced in their thousands and are still living in areas susceptible to military violence.

Nevertheless, there is a will to keep life going as normal. Despite the destruction of schools across the region, some are showing their endurance and resilience by keeping their schools open in these precarious circumstances.