"Teachers faced many challenges in the past at this school. The teachers' room, toilets and the laboratory were in very poor condition", said Ms. Mufida Saleh, a teacher at AlGawmia AlArabia School in Zawiya West Municipality.
The conflict that affected the country disrupted the delivery of basic services and caused severe damages to many public infrastructures. Others were left without proper maintenance for a long period and could not provide a safe working environment.
AlGawmia AlArabia is a primary school located in the Zawiya West municipality. The educational facility was established in 1986. It was never maintained or renovated, causing health and safety risks for students who attend it as well as teachers and staff.
"The facility was in dire need of maintenance after a long period without any repair. It did not provide minimum learning requirements, and many parents like me were forced to move our children to schools far from our homes. This cost us a lot of time and effort, " stated Mr Alharari Wahida, a parent of a student.
"Classrooms were not providing adequate conditions as rainwater was pouring from the cracked roofs in winter. In summer, we were suffocating as the classrooms did not have windows," added Mufida.
"Residents of this area built the school by their efforts in 1986. The educational institution was in bad condition. Classrooms were not suitable for studying, and toilets were unhealthy," declared Mr. Miftah Ali Al-Shawsh, school's headmaster.
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