Through the past decade, wars and conflicts have torn many countries along the way, leaving their infrastructure dilapidated. And at the top of this raked pile is education.
According to a report done by Education Under Attack in 2014, “There are a great many attacks on children, teachers, and schools that took place in at least 70 countries”.
Through this brutal war, school buildings are used for military purposes by the parties to a conflict, making teachers and children all the more vulnerable to attack.
Today, we are standing at the edge of 50 million children and youth who don’t have access to education because of these ongoing conflicts and crises.
On the other hand, many civil society organizations have gathered on protecting children and education during the armed conflict, raising awareness of the fact that armed conflicts today are preventing access to safe schools for millions of children, gathering all efforts possible to build safe schools and maintain the educational process.
Now, many civil society organizations are working to build schools in conflict regions to bring all parties to support education for millions of children worldwide.
How Long Does it Take to Build a School?
Building schools do not have a clear timeline. It is not the standard procedure in which we usually set the time frame to deliver a school building. The time differs according to where the school is built and under what conditions we will build it. Never to mention the financial factors, whether it will be fully sponsored with easy access to where it is needed to be built. It can be done within weeks or months.
Building Blocks School.
We moved the tent-like educational centers and built blocks schools instead to give the children a sense of belonging, and security. We worked on building the classrooms’ walls, raising the fence, and mounting the windows and doors to protect the rooms from their surroundings.
Additionally, hanging the internal and the external coverings of the schoolrooms and installing the flooring. Also, we are mounting motivational drawings to raise awareness and enhance the educational processes of these schools. Building blocks schools will give children high degree of safety, hygiene and comfortable place to be in.
Minimum Classroom Size and Number of Students per Classroom.
Again, there is no specific number of classrooms and students per classroom. The average can be between 15-25 children per classroom. Nevertheless, it’s hard to tell the exact number of those school buildings founded under these conditions of crises and conflicts.
However; Those responsible for establishing these schools are keen that the school buildings are as close as possible to the recognized standard specifications, like providing many classrooms, a buffet, activity rooms, administration offices, bathrooms, and other departments.
School Restoration Project
Many civil society organizations are working to raise the awareness of reviving the education process and helping as many children as possible to return to schools. There have been efforts in supporting school restoration projects. Several fronts and organizations are sponsoring the restoration of the school buildings that were severely damaged during the war in the conflict regions. With all the difficulties surrounding the school restoration project in many countries, the hope, and the joy we see on children’s faces when a school building is ready to take them in give us all the reasons why we are walking through this path to the end.
Children have the right to learn anywhere and under all circumstances.
Building schools in war areas is important for reviving the educational process.
The size building is most suitable in a school building is the average size of 530 students, estimated between 60 to 80 square feet per student.
The school buildings must follow the recognized standard specifications, like providing many classrooms, a buffet, activity rooms, library, meeting room, administration offices, bathrooms, a playground, and other departments.
– Ongoing crises and conflicts.
– Safety and security.
– School enrollments.
– Poverty and general health care.
– Family and social factors.
– Children’s attitudes and behaviors.
– Funding and sponsorship.
– Providing competent educational staff.