Remaz joined the Al-Fatera school, supported by Muslim Hands, in January. At just nine years of age, she has already experienced much upheaval. After the conflict in Syria broke out, her family were forced to leave home. They travelled to Turkey, before returning to Syria, but unable to go back home, they settled in Hama, 29 miles north of Homs.
Trying to study with seven other people in the house was not easy. Remaz says that before they found a school, her family tried to teach her at home, but a lack of books made it impossible. Remaz was bored and her parents were saddened by the fact that their daughter was missing out on an education through factors they had no control over. But now things are much more positive. Remaz tells us that now she is at school, not only is her family a lot happier, but that she loves her, ‘school, teachers and friends’.
As teacher,Kotyba Al-Abrash explains, since the conflict erupted, "Thousands of schools have been destroyed…and the (provision of a school in Al-Fatera) has affected the children in a very good way by helping them to forget the pain of war as well as solving the problem of access to education."
The school was set up in 2014 to serve displaced families in the Idlib district. With clean, bright classrooms, an engaging curriculum and dedicated teaching staff, the Al-Fatera school provides a safe haven for children of all backgrounds to learn and play. All running costs are covered by Muslim Hands and it is only with the generous support of our donors that the school is able to provide this vital service.
Remaz’s favourite subjects are Arabic and English. Like her peers, Remaz dreams of an end to the conflict and one day being able to return home. Until then, the Al-Fatera school provides her and hundreds of other displaced Syrian children with access to education, hope for the future and a sense of much-needed normalcy, after having their worlds turned upside down.