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Mohammed Awadh / Save the Children

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Maya*, 11 years old

Maya’s* story through a translator

“I love school because I learn manners, culture and respect. I learn everything.”

“Finish your studies because it is so beneficial. It teaches you culture, manners, reading and writing.

“My favourite subject is Arabic. Our house is close to the school, so it takes me five minutes to arrive here. I don’t care about going through the dust or sun or anything else to get here because I love studying at school. It teaches me reading and writing.

“At my school there are no female teachers and the male teachers aren’t teaching because they need to get paid.”

“My sister stopped going to school and now studies at home because there weren’t many girls in her class and no female teachers.”

“I want to be a teacher, a girl’s teacher, so that girls will continue their studies and become like me in the future.

“I’m encouraged to come to school because there is a playing area with toys and games where teachers teach me, encourage me. Everything is there.”

“They teach us sewing, needlework, pattern-cutting. We have games. Everything we want is there.”

“We don’t like the war because it destroyed us and left us without teachers because they don’t have salaries. The economy is in crisis. Everything is in crisis here.”

Interview conducted by Mohammed Awadh

Project information and major issues:

Save the Children provides Child-friendly spaces inside the Al Amer school in Sa’ada.

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