By Kumar Tiku and Razan Rashidi
HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 April 2014 – Ramez, 10, walks up to the whiteboard and writes his name.
Next comes Hiba, who is asked to identify objects that start with the letter G in Arabic that are pictured on the whiteboard. She identifies gazr (carrot), earning praise from the teacher. The other children in the class clap, in unison.