BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – Well over ten thousand children who were once living in rebel-controlled areas of Damascus’ East Ghouta region have since returned to school.
Sources say that the number of children from East Ghouta that have returned to schools is as high as twelve thousand (12,000) – this comes following the restoration of their native towns and districts in the region to government control.
Moreover, reports state that East Ghouta district towns like Saqba and Kafr Batna – cleared from rebel forces no longer than two weeks ago – have since had their schools reopened.
Education is highly-valued in Syrian society – a type of national culture exists that strongly encourages children to pursue expertise (such as becoming doctors or engineers). Despite the deprivations of the ongoing crisis, the government makes top priority of returning children to school in areas taken back from militant groups.