Overcrowding in IDP School in Northeast Syria due to Mass Displacement

An IDP School in Northeast Syria has to take in more and more students, due to the displacement of more families in the region, according to North Press.

The Martyr Jamal School in Newroz’ IDP Camp in the countryside of Derik, far northeast Syria, suffers from increasing numbers of students, in parallel with the lack of school supplies and classrooms.

The  schoolmaster, Sawsan Abdullah, said, “During the past two months, the number of students increased from 700 to 953.”

Each prefabricated classroom, which is designated to receive 25 students, includes more than 40 pupils with four on each desk. 

The schoolmaster noted that they need about six additional classrooms in order for students to be able to gain a proper education.

Overcrowding has negative impacts on the quality of lessons and the education of students.

The Newroz Camp was established in 2014 in order to receive families that had fled the Sinjar District due to attacks by the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) and they left the camp after eliminating ISIS to their areas.

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In October 2019, families resorted to the camp fleeing the Turkish aggression with the support of the Turkish-backed armed factions on Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad.

Due to the successive Turkish attacks recently on the towns of Tel Tamr and Zargan (Abu Rasin), north of Hassakeh, dozens of families got displaced to the camp amidst a lack of humanitarian aid by organizations operating in the region.

The camp’s school, which is limited to primary education, has ten classrooms that, according to the school’s administration, are not enough in light of the ongoing increase of pupils.  

The overcrowded classrooms forced the administration to divide the school’s day into two shifts but this cannot solve the problem.  

25 teachers are operating in the school, which adopts the curriculum of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).

Moreover, the school lacks desks in addition to the need to fix the old outworn doors and windows.

However, the major problem of the war and displacement’s impacts is that some children did not attend school although they are over ten years old, according to the school’s management.

In order to face this issue, the management starts from the very beginning by teaching the students letters and numbers.


This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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