A school in the Syrian city of Izra, which was closed two years ago because of hostilities, is ready to open again, the Head Teacher, Marad Talad, said on September 1, RIA Novosti reports.
“The school will be completely renovated. Now, the walls and ceilings are being painted, and electric wiring and water supply are being replaced. We will also receive new textbooks this year. We worked in 2012 and 2013, when shellings happened every day. Fortunately, the building was never hit… In 2015 we decided to stop teaching completely. And now we are re-opening the school,” Marad Talad said.
He also noted that this is the first renovation of the school in 30 years. The school is going to receive new desks, furniture, and a computer classroom; for the latter, hardware was collected by the whole city.
“Approximately half of our children have computers at home. No one is going to skip school; nowadays it is important that they could use computers,” Talad added. The Head Teacher also said that, considering the hostilities going on in the country, the school program has been corrected: the students will be trained to identify mines and unexploded shells.
The province of Daraa, where the city of Izra is located, is part of the south-western de-escalation zone.
The Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic was signed by Iran, Russia, and Turkey on May 4 in Astana; it went into effect on May 5. According to the achieved agreements, all hostilities must be stopped in the de-escalation zones between the governmental forces and the armed opposition groups that joined the ceasefire.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency