World Bulletin/News Desk
Syrian teachers who took shelter in the camps in Kahramanmaras, a southeastern Turkish province, help prepare Syrian children's future through the education facilities provided by Turkey.
Syrian children, who took shelter in Turkey, continue their education from where they left off in the camps.
2,300 students go to the schools in the Kahramanmaras tent city, where approximately 17 thousand Syrians reside.
In the tent schools, of which Turkey covers all the expenses, there are 50 Syrian teachers.
Just like the students, teachers do not give up performing their duty despite their sorrow.
Teacher Mahmood Najjar told a reporter that he escaped from Aleppo's Azez district 6 months ago, and started to teach at the tent city in Kahramanmaras.
Najjar, explaining that there was no way to live in Syria, said "Only fighters remained in cities".
Emphasizing education activities in the tent city, Najjar said "I think here I am serving my country by raising a generation with freedom of conscience. I was teacher for 14 years in Azez. I was a successful teacher. We have waited for the events to end when they first started, however they reached an unbearable point. They were burning, destroying every where, harassing our women."
"They were attacking schools"
Najjar, mentioned that Assad's forces were attacking schools, because "Schools were the only harbour of the people. Syrian army, thinking that people shelter in the schools, attacked the schools cruelly. Thereupon we decided to shelter in Turkey. We were out of option."
Expressing that children continued their education from they had left thanks to Turkey, Najjar said "The most important service provided to Syrians is education. We started to shape our youth's future in Turkey, as well as that of our own. We will dignify Turkey when we go back to our country for sure. We will never forget Turkey's contributions. I will continue to support education in the tent city until I go back to my country. I thank Turkish authorities who met the costs of our classes and all other expenses of our students."
Najjar's spouse Fatma Najjar also said that she made souvenirs and tent fripperies out of old cloths, diapers and broken wires in order to heal from the war's stress.Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2013, 17:50