New Backpacks and Uniforms Bring Cheer to Children of Idlib

This October, a new school year for students in Syria begins. There had been no school supplies for children who have been displaced the past two months.

A number of Syrian students in Idlib received new backpacks and uniforms from the people of Indonesia. The "Back To School" program will hopefully reignite the Syrian Children's spirit to continue studying. (ACTNews/Firdaus Guritno)

ACTNews, IDLIB - Piles of colorful bags with cartoon characters filled a classroom in an elementary school in Idlib. The bags were gifts from the people of Indonesia which were donated through Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). The distribution of bags, school uniforms and school kits for students in Idlib, Syria, was ACT’s humanitarian collaboration with BNI Bamuis and Muslim Tarqiyah Taqwa (MTT) Foundation.

"In this semester, we distributed new school supplies, such as school backpacks and uniforms for students in Idlib. The distribution was conducted from the end of September to the first week of October," reported Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT, Monday (10/7).

Bags and books were distributed to 200 children of primary school age in a number of locations in the city of Idlib. Firdaus explained, the children who are the beneficiaries of "Back to School" program came from underprivileged families who need school supplies in the new school year. "Especially families who are new IDPs, they moved from the South Idlib to North Idlib," added Firdaus.


A number of teachers in an elementary school in Idlib are teaching students. Some of the learning activities in Idlib must be held in makeshift buildings or safer places. The conflicts that rage on are very dangerous for students. (ACTNews/Firdaus Guritno)

The condition in Idlib has not been quite stable for teaching and learning activities to run. Attacks can happen at any time. Many emergency schools are opened in particular buildings or in places that are considered quite safe. In fact, most children in the Idlib region have to study under the olive trees because their school buildings have been damaged.

"Through the distribution of school supplies, we hope that Syrian IDP families can continue to meet their daily needs without ignoring the needs of their children for education," Firdaus said.

This October, a new school year for students in Syria begins. There had been no school supplies for children who have been displaced the past two months. Poor economic condition and relentless conflict have made everything no longer functioning properly. []