Qatar Charity (QC) has completed the second phase of the ‘Printing and Distributing School Textbooks’ project in northern Syria, with support from the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) within the framework of the ‘Quest’ initiative.
By printing and distributing nearly 4mn textbooks to children, Qatar Charity has benefited 472,925 male and female students during the 2019-2020 academic year, according to a press statement.
The project comes within the framework of the ‘Improving the Level of Education for More Than One Million Children’ project launched by Qatar Charity in 2017, aiming to improve the education infrastructure in northern Syria and create an appropriate environment to promote the return of children to schools.
With the completion of the second phase of the project, QC has printed more than 9mn textbooks covering all basic subjects for all levels, benefiting more than 1mn male and female students by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Abdullah Muslim, education programme co-ordinator at Qatar Charity’s office in Turkey, said the second phase met 60% of the general need for textbooks in northern Syria, pointing out that the project was greatly welcomed by all those working in the field of education.
He added that the project was implemented in direct co-ordination with all educational bodies and institutions in Syria, including the OCHA office and the United Nations Education Cluster for Syria.
He noted that QC printed basic subjects such as Arabic, English, mathematics (algebra and geometry), science, physics and chemistry for both arts and science students from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Khater al-Mahmoud, head of a school in Idlib governorate, northern Syria, thanked Qatar Charity and all those working on the project, underlining that the textbook is essential for education, especially in the light of the poor condition of education in Syria during the past years. In the first phase of the 2017-2018 academic year, Qatar Charity printed and distributed more than 5.1mn textbooks in northwestern Syria in co-operation with education directorates and educational complexes, addressing 55% of the need and benefiting 600,000 male and female students.
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