The world celebrated the 2022 International Day to Protect Education from Attack on September 9. This is the third celebration in a row, after the day was established by a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. The resolution was called for by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bin Nasser and spearheaded by the State of Qatar.
This year's celebration focused on the need for immediate action to protect education from attacks by ensuring the continuity of education and protecting students, schools, and education workers from attacks, in addition to holding perpetrators accountable and doing justice to affected communities.
Like every year, Qatar Charity marked this international day. It has made significant efforts to provide an appropriate learning environment for students in many conflict-affected areas and to prevent dropouts by building and renovating schools.
Protecting education in crisis-hit areas is one of the most important fields of Qatar Charity’s work. It works in the field of education in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, in addition to working for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Qatar Charity works on establishing, furnishing, and repairing educational institutions, providing school bags, textbooks, and tuition fees, sponsoring students, and offering e-learning services to ensure quality education for all.
Qatar Charity has joined several international initiatives for education in crises, especially the QUEST initiative that seeks to provide education and training to Syrians affected by the crisis.
Qatar Charity also contributed to the World Refugee School (WRS), and it is a founding member of the initiative that aims to provide quality education to refugees.
According to the 2022 humanitarian needs assessment by the United Nations agencies, the schools of northwestern Syria have overcrowded classrooms that caused an increase in the percentage of school dropouts due to lack of capacity.
In this regard, Qatar Charity (QC), in partnership with the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), continues, for the third year in a row, to implement a project to rehabilitate and restore schools in northern Syria.
The project aims to enhance the access of internally displaced students to quality education. It is part of the QUEST initiative for education support in northwestern Syria.
The project includes rebuilding the destroyed roofs and walls, repairing electricity networks and health facilities, restoring broken doors and windows, and repainting and decorating schools to create a nurturing environment for students. The project targets 83 schools with a total of 700 classrooms.
It is worth mentioning that more than 53,000 male and female students have benefited from the project in the last three years, while 24,500 children are benefiting from it this year. Some 1,400 classrooms have been repaired and renovated over the last three years.