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On World Children’s Day, the Child M. T. and Many Others Drop out of School- November 2021

On World Children’s Day, the 12-year-old child, M. T., compares his life with the rest of the world’s children saying, “We live in harsh living conditions. My family cannot afford to buy me basic school supplies, such as a school bag and a uniform. This is because of my family’s economic situation resulting from the war and continuous displacement.”

Many students have not been able to return to their schools for years. Those who are fortunate enough to return often have to study in thatched cottages or even under trees because the school buildings had been destroyed by the war. “We also suffer from a shortage of teachers, education facilities and other necessary infrastructure,” the boy adds.

“For instance, students of Ali bin Abi Talib School, located in the District of Midi, study in new classes that our parents built of straw and timber after the Saudi-led Coalition had completely destroyed the school,” the boy further explains.

According to the school officials, “Illiteracy has spread due to the disruption of education and schools during the battles in Midi, where children aged 10 and above are unable to read.”

One of the teachers of Al-Zubair Ibn Al-Awam School in Midi pointed out that “The war has disrupted the atmosphere of study, and fear has dominated many students, pushing some of them to drop out of school. Besides, the percentage of students’ attendance at school has been reduced by half.”

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