Syrian Education In Crisis


Students walk past rubble pile on their walk to school -Google Images

Anna G

     American students in each and every state around the country this fall will be submerged back into the hustle and bustle of school. But for a majority of students in Syria, it’s a whole different story.

    Syria has been appearing often in the news lately. With the Civil War tearing apart the country, and ISIS occupation destroying whatever the war missed, education has been moved off the table of priorities. In fact, roughly 5,000 schools can’t be used because they have either been destroyed or damaged by the chaos. From an almost 100% enrollment rate, Syria has now descended to the second worst rate of school attendance in the world. To the determined Syrian pupil, education such as that Americans receive in the states, takes a bit more work than getting up early in the morning.

    Much like in the United States, the school year for both boys and girls begins in October. Children hurry to school with packed lunches of bread and hummus as the heat of summer starts to slightly cool. School content is similar to that of the USA, except classes are taught in Arabic. Instead of the familiar school set up of Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College, Syrian schools are organized as Primary, Middle, Secondary, Vocational, and Tertiary Education. Most students do not get through all branches but express a desire to continue their education. A majority, girls especially, are unable to take it much further than Middle Education.

    As opposed to Lower Dauphin High School, with its numerous classrooms and faculty, school in Syria is mainly held in one-room classrooms. Sometimes classes are held in abandoned buildings or small structures made by locals. By law, all children the Lower Dauphin School District are required to get an education, but hardly any in Syria have the opportunity to even step in a school. So going into this year it’s important for students to see that while school can be demanding, it’s not that bad.