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Coronavirus, war prompts northeast Syrian schools to go online

The Kurdish-led government in northeast Syria is putting classes online and may continue to use the internet for education beyond the coronavirus.
Kurdish children look through a gate at a pre-school in Qamishli, Syria, March 6, 2019. Picture taken March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah - RC14F6F6D600

Students in northeast Syria are currently learning online — a challenge for the Kurdish-led autonomous region where electricity and internet are weak and war continues. Yet the novel coronavirus is not the only reason local authorities chose to move classes to the internet.

Shirin Hemo, an education administrator in the Kurdish-led autonomous administration of north and east Syria, said the pandemic was only the latest calamity to result in school closures in the region.

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