In the Bab-en-Nirab district in Eastern Aleppo, the first school to-reopen in five years is opening its doors. The city is all the more often realizing that there is no more terrorism there.
The whole time that the war raged in Aleppo, school buildings were used as headquarters by terrorist organizations, particularly the Islamic State (“Daesh”). Classrooms were practically turned into ammunition storages.
But today, February 13th, children are lining up on the occasion of “Open Doors Day” and waving Syrian and Russian flags. Together with adults, they are singing the anthem of the Syrian Arab Republic, dressing up in traditional folk outfits, and dancing to local music.
At the beginning of February, it was reported that more than 20 primary schools are re-opening in the eastern districts of Aleppo. More than 6,000 children have now been able to return to class. UNICEF and other organizations have provided school supplies and developed accelerated learning programs.
Deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation have also contributed supplies. One of the schools in the east of the city received gifts and student kits including notebooks, pencil cases, pens, and colored pencils. Now, perhaps thanks to this, 12-13 year-olds will be able to quickly learn to read and write for the first time.