Education Ministry, ADRA discuss cooperation

Damascus, SANA – Education Minister Hazwan al-Waz discussed on Monday with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) director for the Middle East and North Africa Nagi Khalil means to expand cooperation and provide support for the education sector in Syria.

Al-Waz called for following up on the MoU signed with ADRA, asserting that the Ministry is working hard to ensure that the educational process continues in the optimal manner in Syria, and that it exerts considerable efforts to rebuild and repair schools damaged by terrorism and finding alternatives for the schools currently being used to shelter displaced families.

He affirmed that the Ministry is keen on the future of every Syrian child, reviewing some of the steps it took to ensure that the educational process proceeds smoothly such as providing remedial classes, prefabricated classrooms, and providing the B curricula that allows students to pass two grades in one school year.

For his part, Khalil said ADRA is prepared to provide support to a number of projects that have priority, reviewing the Agency’s goals and work in providing relief and social care.

The damage caused to the education sector in Syria since the beginning of the crisis up until November 2015 is estimated at SYP 235 billion, with around 5,000 schools our of 22,650 having been put out of commission.

Hazem Sabbagh

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