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How Syrian opposition is making up for teacher shortage

The teacher training institute in the opposition-controlled city of Marea in Aleppo’s northern countryside has succeeded in graduating a class of teachers to work in schools to cover for the losses the education sector suffered because of the shelling.
A man inspects books inside a damaged school in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh - RTS117AV

ALEPPO, Syria — The Syrian war has taken its toll on the education sector in Syria, specifically in the areas under opposition control, and schools have lost many teachers. Some opted for immigration due to the tough security situation, others were displaced to safer areas in Syria, and many changed jobs and quit teaching. Some teachers were killed in the raids of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime that deliberately targeted schools, like the shelling that targeted Saad Ansari School and Al-Rajaa kindergarten in Aleppo on April 15, 2015, in addition to the Russian air raids that targeted schools. Others could not teach due to the Islamic State’s control.

The education sector in the opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo and its countryside has been the most affected. The war has led to the collapse of the educational sector in all Syrian regions under the opposition, and one of the main problems has been the lack of staff, thus prompting the search for a solution to save education and reintegrate children into schools.

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