The Cost of a Lost Education in War Stricken Arab Countries
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Ever since the Islamic State (ISIS) took over regions of Iraq in early 2014, 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced in and outside of the country. Mosul in particular has been heavily hit, and many schools no longer house students, but rather are a sanctuary for displaced families.
Ever since ISIS took control, they have ordered schools to be opened and children to attend, but many parents are scared to send their children to a school run by a radical group. They fear their children will be indoctrinated and are unsure what kind of teaching tactics ISIS will use. The extremist group has already issued several institutional changes, including gender segregation, a strict dress code and removing references to elections, democracy and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Subjects such as music, the arts, sports, social studies and history have been banned.
In the violent Gaza Strip, thousands of students now require psychological treatment and have permanent disabilities which schools must accommodate. Syria, which had some of the highest literacy rates in the region before the war, now has a 6% attendance rate in schools.
For refugee children, the outlook is hardly different. Refugees from Syria and Iraq in Turkey have to deal with a higher cost of living, which is difficult to maintain when they have abandoned any money they had in their home country. Parents cannot put their children in school without papers, and even if they could, children must stay at home to help sell goods on the street to make enough money just to get by.
War is terrible for everyone, but the people who truly suffer greatest are the children, who are robbed of a childhood and the necessities to grow up and be an individual, free-thinking part of society. It is important that when we think of global education, we develop strategies to help children in areas of war to seek education in a safe and free environment.