Syria students.. risking life for education

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Students in Kobane area suffer while trying to complete their education under current war conditions in Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Amid deteriorating humanitarian situaton and lack of security, a group of teachers in the Kurdish area of Kobane had arranged accommodation and means of transport for more than 300 secondary and high school students of Kobane to do their exams for secondary and high school graduation in Aleppo city, north Syria. The students were taken on Tuesday morning by buses to Aleppo.

One of the organizing teachers told ARA News that a big number of students arrived at their lodgings in Aleppo after 6-hours travelling and crossing several security checkpoints.

Travelling from one area to another in Syria forms nowadays a serious risk, amid the domination of various conflicting armed groups who used to install checkpoints around each area they seize. However, with the help of the group of teachers, Kobane’s students seem eager to overcome all the constraints and continue their studies.

“We have taken the responsibility of this work so that our students get the chance of doing their graduation exams. We have risked our lives to provide our students with a better educational reality,” the teacher said.

Due to the existence of numerous security checkpoints on the roads which connect Kobane area with Aleppo city, travelling to Aleppo from Kobane (which normally takes only 2 hours by car or bus) takes now more than 6 hours. The checkpoints are controlled by the military groups of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Islamic groups.

Notably, the middle school graduation exams in Syria, which always take place in June, started this year in May because of the presidential elections which will be held in June, the Syrian Ministry of Education said.

 

Reporting by: Baran Misko

Source: ARA News

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