“The biggest problem is we need more teachers. However, many who are qualified are afraid to work in the area because of the ongoing conflict and the recent attacks,” Haundang said.
Some 47,000 people are in IDP camps in KIA-controlled areas, with thousands more staying with host families, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on 18 April.
Thousands of school-age children have been affected by the conflict, with varying access to education facilities.
In KIA-controlled areas, volunteer teachers have been used to maintain education services for the displaced. However, financial support for this effort is lacking. A comprehensive assessment of the education sector is urgently needed to better determine the number of children in need of education support, gaps in school supplies, and the absorption capacity of existing schools, OCHA said.
In a sixth-grade class at a Lebanon elementary school, a student told a mischievous joke, garnering some laughs from his classmates. The teacher, angry, approached one of the giggling classmates, an 11-year-old girl named Jinan; she slapped her, leaving a red welt across the student’s cheek.
Jinan’s story is not unique. A teenage student named Jawad faced a similar brand of tough punishment when, after smiling and greeting people through a window that overlooks a corridor, his math teacher slapped him. It just so happened that Jawad’s mother was at the school that day. Enraged, she entered the classroom and argued with the teacher.