In Syria, after more than five years of conflict, terrifying things have happened, and continue to happen, in classrooms.
Editor's note: This video is meant to represent a classroom in Syria. It was filmed in Turkey. The students are Syrian.
What happens in a classroom? There is learning, teaching, an occasional tantrum, fun, and games. It's what most Americans expect in a classroom. But in Syria, over five years of conflict, terrifying things have happened, and continue to happen, in classrooms. The sounds of laughter and learning are replaced with the sounds of war. Teachers are arrested, displaced families take refuge in abandoned classrooms, and makeshift hospitals are set up to treat the wounded.
The numbers hint at the horror–one in four schools in Syria has been destroyed, damaged, or used to shelter displaced people. One-fifth of teachers have fled the country, and five years of conflict has cost the Syrian economy an estimated $275 billion in lost growth opportunities–money that is lost forever and will never be spent on education and children’s futures.
The figures are shocking.
But how do you show the world what is happening, short of taking them to Syria? We created this video to give a glimpse into life as a classroom in Syria. My hope is that it will inspire the international community to do everything in its power to bring peace to Syria so the sounds of laughter and learning once again ring out in classrooms across the country.
Video©2016 World Vision
Video produced by Suzy Sainovski and Kinan Diab of World Vision