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Getting Syrian children back to school

May 21st, 2009 · 3 Comments · Culture

An interesting piece from the IWPR about the Food for Education scheme.

picture-110Many rural Syrian children don’t go to school, because their families need them to work. This creates a vicious-cycle of illiteracy – the kids never get educated, and so they won’t be able to teach their children in 20 years time, and their familiy will never escape poverty.

Step up, the Food for Education scheme. Families are given food if their children attend school. But some are embarrassed that their children end up becoming more clever than they are…

Read ‘Getting Truants Back to School’ here.

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  • 1 Umniya // May 22, 2009 at 2.11 pm

    bags of flower? whom are they fooling here?as if we are in the 50’s or in africa and two bags of flower would make the whole family survive happily!!!
    those who offer solutions for any problem in syria, are blinding their eyes to the main problem.
    there are nothing to encourage boys and girls in the villages of syria to go to school..and i mean nothing.. the bulidings are falling down..schools are like an hour – walking away from their houses.. they cannott afford daily trasportations to get to their schools.
    i cannot imagine these pupils walking in winter to get to their schools!
    my friend once told me that a father came to enroll his son in the school.. she heard him asking the headmistress if it was possible for the kid to come to school and to wait till next month to bring her the 25 liras for the registrations papers.!
    those people do not have a 25 lira in their pockets, how is bag of flowers suppose to help them?
    the crisis that no one in the governmet moving a hand to stop is that we are heading to be like Egypt.

  • 2 Saba // May 22, 2009 at 4.39 pm

    Unrelated, but have you seen this? http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=78287

  • 3 abdo // May 24, 2009 at 12.01 am

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,619610,00.html

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