Caves, Tents, Caravans, Poultry Farms Turned into Schools in Syria

Here is the familiar scene: kids are wearing a clean uniform, carrying schoolbags on their backs, and planting goodbye kisses on their parents’ faces before heading to school. 

Some of those little students go to their nearby school on foot and others wait for the school buses to pick them up and transport them.

Arriving at school, students get inside, salute their teachers, and sit at their desks.

This is how perfect a typical day at school begins in most countries. But certainly not in Syria. 

The situation in Syria is completely different. The ongoing war raging there over more than 8 years has forcibly offered hard choices.

Lucky he who can still be able to go to school after the enormous scale of destruction and displacement the country has been experiencing!

No problem if schools are in caves, caravans, or on board of buses! – this is what many students believe in Syria.

It does not matter if a single classroom is filled with a group of uneven-aged children; and it is definitely a place where a school uniform is an unnecessary “luxury”. 

What truthfully matters is that children receive education in a country where half of the child population knows nothing in life except war.  

Cave School 
No more panic over airstrikes!

Location: Tramla village, southern rural Idlib

School Name: Not available. Students call it “The Cave” 

Shifts: Morning and night shifts

Number of Students: 120

The first thing to do after getting inside the school is to take off your shoes — just like all students do here. You will find no desks and no seats but only a modest rug spread on the floor on which 60 students sit. 

The double-shift school receives 120 students.

At the end of the school day, the cave turns into a night shelter where a group of young men sleep. It is to these young men, who were displaced from northern rural Hama, that the transfer of the cave into a school is attributed.

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