- Title: A 13-year-old student becomes neighbourhood's teacher in Gaza
- Date: 21st May 2020
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MAY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, 13, OPENING BAG AND TAKING OUT BOOK VARIOUS OF HMAID WRITING ON BOARD WHILE CHILDREN SITTING BEHIND HER VARIOUS OF CHILDREN TAKING NOTES CHILDREN LOOKING AT BOARD (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, SAYING: "Schools were closed because of the coronavirus and if the (children) stay at home, they will get bored." CHILDREN ENTERING WOODEN SHACK THAT HMAID TURNED INTO CLASSROOM DRAWINGS HUNG UP IN CLASSROOM / CLASS ONGOING HMAID WRITING ON BOARD AND TURNING TO FACE CHILDREN TO TALK TO THEM CHILD SMILING DURING CLASS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, SAYING: "I wanted to bring them here and teach them, this is my talent. I have one girl in first grade, if she is absent from school for a period of time, she will forget how to hold the pen and how to write. So I wanted to help them develop and make sure they don't forget the information they had taken in school." CHILDREN DURING LESSON HMAID HOLDING UP WORKBOOK AND READING TO CHILDREN CHILDREN LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, DOHA MOHAMMED, SAYING: "I keep up with (my classes) here, as well as on the Ministry of Education website, where they post videos of classes, so I watch those too." VARIOUS OF CLASS IN PROGRESS CHILD TAKING NOTES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, SAYING: "I would like to become a teacher in the future, I have it as a talent for teaching children. Our area is a marginalised one, so I want to open my own (educational) centre and help make the people in my community successful." VARIOUS OF HMAID TEACHING CHILD LOOKING INTO CLASSROOM
- Embargoed: 4th June 2020 09:04
- Keywords: COVID-19 Gaza Health Palestinians school students
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CEVIIC9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: In a wooden shack in the Gaza Strip, a 13-year-old girl holds class for neighbourhood children who have missed out on their studies since schools were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus crisis.
Only 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Hamas Islamist-run Palestinian enclave, where cross-border traffic has long been limited by Israel and Egypt and those entering Gaza in recent months have gone into quarantine.
Fajr Hmaid, who said she hopes to become a professional teacher one day, provides English, Arabic and math lessons to a class that has grown from four pupils to 15.
"Our area is a marginalised one, so I want to open my own (educational) centre and help make the people in my society successful," Hmaid said.
Gaza teachers have also been giving lessons online during the health crisis.
There are 712 schools in the coastal territory, according to a figure released by the ministry of education.
Gaza, measuring 375 square kilometres (145 square miles), has been under an Israeli-led blockade since 2007, when the Islamist Hamas group assumed control of the territory.
(Production: Mohammed Shana, Arafat Barbakh, Wafa Abu Mizyed, Nidal Almughrabi, Mustafa Abu Ganeyeh)
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