And then fears of coronavirus running rampant through the camp meant schools had to shut down. For over three months now, Hamza has been out of school again. Reliving his previous education interruptions, he acknowledges it has affected him badly. “What changed since coronavirus is that we are afraid of this disease and want to protect ourselves by cleaning and staying inside our homes so that we don’t get the disease. Also, the schools and the markets have been closed. We can’t move around. We can’t even go outside the home [tent].”
Thanks to generous donations from Save the Children supporters, Hamza has been able to keep learning. With our education team on the ground preparing alternative at-home activities and learning packs, Hamza can continue working toward his dream of becoming a teacher.
Hamza studies outside with his new learning materials.
For now, it’s been an interesting Ramadan and Eid for Hamza and his family, as they, like so many others around the world, commemorate their sacred month in a very different world. “During Ramadan, we try to forget all about coronavirus. Thank God, we are praying and fasting. Now at home, my siblings and I are learning and doing calligraphy, writing, reading, and whoever finishes get to recite the Quran first.”