25 October 2017
Learning to survive: in Lebanon, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are not getting an education
It is raining, and the teachers at Gharsa school, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, are unable to let their classes of lively five- and six-year-olds go outside to play.
Instead a boombox is set up in a covered courtyard, with a big speaker plugged in for extra volume. The children happily jump up and down to thunderous dance music, burning off pent-up energy beneath inspirational murals that say, in English, “One day we will be what we want” and “We plant a sapling to grow a homeland”.
The second message is especially ironic, because all 120 of the children at Gharsa, which means “seed”, are Syrian refugees, exiled from their homeland
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