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High-Risk Education in Aleppo
Aleppo, Syria
By Mahmoud Alhaji Othman
11 May 2016

January 10, 2016
Aleppo, Syria

Despite shelling and barrel bomb attacks, students and volunteer instructors are still showing up at al-Risala school in the rebel held Hanano area in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.

With no or little resources, the teachers are trying to give students a basic education in the absence of a school curriculum in areas controlled by the Syrian opposition.

The school is located in a district which has been targeted in shelling and airstrikes. “The students and teachers are in danger, the building might be heavily damaged or even destroyed at any moment” says Ibrahim al-Ali, the school principal. “We have no choice but to keep operating at high risk. This is the situation in almost all schools in rebel held Aleppo”.

Interviews:

04:03
Nada, Teacher:
“The number of students is good, but we are short of instructors. Teachers are not available. Q: What are your main needs other than for teachers?
A: We actually need everything.. The school building needs restoration, the students have not received backpacks, the teachers have no support.. There’s a lack of everything.”

04:59
Abu Hassan, Teacher:
“I am the science teacher, I try my best to improve the scientific skills of the students whether in math or physics or chemistry. Q: How do you describe the student comprehension abilities?
A: Starting directly with the curriculum in books is impossible because the students did not have the chance to learn the basics. It’s been like a month since we started teaching them the basics, the simple operations such as addition and subtraction. Introduction to physics and introduction to chemistry, we are only teaching them the basics that they missed for now.”

05:43
Mohamed, Student:
“We are here in al-Risala School, in Hanano area.. We have few teachers, a teacher of mathematics and a teacher of religious education.. We have no other teachers, however they are trying to teach us the basics so we can understand the actual curriculum. I hope that Syria will be a safe and secure place again especially in Aleppo because Bachar al-Assad targets us with barrel bombs and has destroyed all areas of Aleppo. Even our instructors had to flee because of the massive shelling.”
Q: Did you see any fighter jets striking?
A: We’ve seen a lot, and barrel bombs are dropped over our heads.”

06:32
Zainab, Student:
“We have no books but they told us that they would bring us some. We came here to study but we have shortage of teachers. The teacher is trying his best to teach us. When winter comes we have no heaters and the windows are all damaged and we have no means to replace them. Every time we go out for recess helicopters come so they bring us back inside out of fear.”

07:04
Ibrahim al-Ali, School Principal:
“We are educating the students despite the lack of an educational system. Almost all teachers are volunteers. Some are university graduates, others have just graduated from school. They are all doing volunteer work with nothing in return. The condition of the school is miserable. The building needs restoration, electricity and water repairs. We face a persistent cut of electricity which is affecting the lighting in class rooms. We also need water tanks to store water. We are also expecting the problems which we went through last year such as lack of heaters and the windows destroyed because of the constant shelling and barrel bombs by the regime.”

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Filipino Students
Surigao
By Ralf Falbe
17 Feb 2016

Female students stroll along a street in Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines.

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Mauritian Youth
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
13 May 2015

This collection features photos of young people in Mauritius: in class at the university and organizing an awareness campaign on campus, and using computers at the inauguration of a community internet access point.

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Mauritius Youth 01
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A young person uses a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 02
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A man is helped to use a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 03
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A young person helps community members use a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 04
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A young person uses a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 05
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A young person uses a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 06
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

A young person uses a computer at a community internet access point in Mauritius.

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Mauritius Youth 07
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

University students gather during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign they organised to inform their peers on the virus and prevention.

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Mauritius Youth 08
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

University students gather during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign they organised to inform their peers on the virus and prevention.

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Mauritius Youth 09
Port Louis
By Nasseem ACKBURALLY
12 May 2015

University students gather during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign they organised to inform their peers on the virus and prevention.

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Bujumbura Students Take Refuge Near U...
Bujumbura, Burundi
By Alex Pritz
09 May 2015

Around 500 students have been living on the streets, and, when it rains, in the halfway built building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students, many of whom are politically active, say this is the only place they can feel safe in a city being rocked by protests and a violent police crackdown.

An eerie calm exists in the students building. Ears are glued to the sides of cell phones and radios, searching for information about the protests and the flag of the US embassy drifts lazily in the wind, just a stone's throw from the students makeshift settlement.

Yet students have self-organized to provide for their basic needs. A cleaning crew sweeps up the construction debris to make room for a new set of beds, while medical students treat a young man for pneumonia and others prepare rice for the day's meal.

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Bujumbura University Students 01
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Medical students from the University of Burundi examines a patient with hypertension inside the abandoned building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 02
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A sixth year medical student from the University of Burundi examines a patient with hypertension inside the abandoned building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 03
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students find some rest in the half-constructed building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been living on the street outside the embassy, and using the adjacent building for shelter since universities closed due to the protests.

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Bujumbura University Students 04
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students listen to updates on the day's protests from radios in a stairwell of the abandoned building they use for safety and shelter adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 05
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Physics students study their lessons despite classes being cancelled due to the protests currently rocking Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 06
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A student glances out the window of the empty building they use for shelter adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura. Students have been on the streets for over a week, since universities were closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 07
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students avoid the rain in an abandoned building next to the US embassy in Bujumbura. Approximately 500 students have been camped out outside the US embassy since universities closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 08
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

Students check their phone while avoiding the rain in a half built building adjacent the US embassy in Bujumbura.

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Bujumbura University Students 09
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

A young man sleeps in the hallway of the half built building adjacent the US embassy that students are using for shelter since their schools closed their gates May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 10
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

The view of the US embassy from the half-constructed building students are using for shelter in Bujumbura since universities closed May 1st 2015.

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Bujumbura University Students 11
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
08 May 2015

The entrance to the half built building students are using for shelter in Bujumbura.

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Faces of Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Apr 2015

A collection of pictures that shows many faces of Somali people, and how religion and culture affects them in their daily life. 

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Blood and Death in a School Hit by Ai...
Ibb
By Dhaifallah Homran
09 Apr 2015

April 7, 2015
Ibb, Yemen

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

People air their anger at what they call "the Saudi-US aggression" while showing blood-covered books belonging to students killed in an airstrike. Al-Sabtain school in Ibb province was damaged when the nearby Hamza military base was damaged. Footage also shows corpses of killed students.

SHOTLIST

Wide/zoom out of destroyed military base

Various of killed students’ corpses

Medium of books covered with blood on the floor. NAT Sound (Arabic) “This is the blood of martyrs, the heroes who were targeted by the Saudi-American aggression.”

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School in Ibb Hit in Saudi Airstrikes
Ibb
By Wahib Mashrah
07 Apr 2015

April 7, 2015
Ibb, Yemen

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit al-Sabtain school resulting in the death of two students. Allegedly the airstrikes were targeting the Hamza Military Base, located nearby.

The video shows the aftermath of the airstrikes, and an interview with a school boy named Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi who is lying on a hospital bed. Mohammad says that his arm has been amputated.

TRANSCRIPT:

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Boy) Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi, Injured Student

Interviewer: Tell us what happened with you.
Injured student: "We were at school, studying, when the explosions hit the base. As soon as we heard the sound of explosions, we went out to the schoolyard. When we heard the second explosion, we fled the school. We were caught by surprise when explosion took place outside the school. I suddenly realized that I was the hospital and my arm was amputated. They told us that two students were killed and that I was taken with another student to the hospital. I do not know anything else.
Interviewer: What is your name?
Injured student: Mohammad Moshen Abdo al-Rashidi”

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Students Occupy University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

A new wave of student movements and occupations of university buildings is taking place around Europe. In Amsterdam, the 25th of March marked the one month anniversary of the occupation of the Maagdenhuis, an administrative building of the Universiteit van Amsterdam located in the center of the city in Spui street. A group of students are now living in the university space and organising a whole range of activities such as lectures, workshops and presentations with local and international intellectuals who support the movement. They are demanding direct democracy, participation in the management processes, the halt of the financial cut and of the progressive corporatization of the university.

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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University of Amsterdam 07
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

Student movement leaders discuss the main events of the occupation.

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University of Amsterdam 08
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

Posters in the Maagdenhuis carry the slogans of the student movement.

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University of Amsterdam 09
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

Posters in the Maagdenhuis carry the slogans of the student movement.

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University of Amsterdam 10
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

The Maagdenhuis, the University of Amsterdam's administrative hub, has been occupied since the end of February 2015.

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University of Amsterdam 11
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

Former students who witnessed student demonstrations in the 1960's visit the Maagdenhuis.

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University of Amsterdam 12
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
25 Mar 2015

A schedule in the Maagdenhuis details the events student movement leaders have organized for each day.

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University of Amsterdam 01
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
24 Mar 2015

Students listen to a lecture by French philosopher Jacques Rancière one month after the occupation of the Maagdenhuis, the University of Amsterdam's administrative hub.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
24 Mar 2015

Students listen to a lecture by French philosopher Jacques Rancière one month after the occupation of the Maagdenhuis, the University of Amsterdam's administrative hub.

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University of Amsterdam 03
Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Nicola Zolin
24 Mar 2015

Students listen to a lecture by French philosopher Jacques Rancière one month after the occupation of the Maagdenhuis, the University of Amsterdam's administrative hub.