Investigations | 28 Nov 2014

A number of German volunteers working in the "Green Berets" organization, in coordination with the Barada charity, participated in building a school for children of Syrian refugees in the Turkish Antakya countryside; in order to secure access to education for children, who have been deprived of their schools because of the war raging in Syria.

Hasan al-Omar, a Barada member, confirms the special emphasis his organization gives to education in their activities, as an essential factor in building future generations.

The organization noted the prevalence of displaced Syrian children in the Antakya countryside who are deprived of the right to education. It therefore decided to build a school in the Jisr el-Hadid area which currently houses sixty five Syrian families with their children deprived of education. Some of these children, now await end of regular school hours in Turkish schools, to receive some education.

Hussein al-Omar says that "Barada" was able to attract many German organizations to perform some service projects for the displaced Syrians. Among these organizations are the Green Berets working on the construction of this school, which will provide educational services to circa two hundred and fifty displaced Syrian children.

Martin, a German volunteer in building the school, confirms that he heard the news about Syria, and wanted to help its children by constructing this school. He explains that the school building comprises several large classrooms which can be divided according to the age of enrolled students.

Martin adds that education in the school will depend on the curriculum specified by the opposition Syrian coalition, and that "Barada" will manage the school's affairs, after construction work has been completed by providing teachers. He says that he had been involved in similar activity in Africa in the past, but that such was under the auspices of the Church.

The German team are determined that the entire construction work of the school be under its direct supervision, and that all team members are keen to deliver an all-round, integrated work in all of its aspects, as a small token of their humanitarian duty towards the children of Syria.

Horst, a German member of the team, says that it is not difficult for him to work here with the Syrians in Antakya. After having spent seven months in Africa previously, he says: "People here in Antakya are very nice, and have experience in construction. They helped us a lot in building this school."

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