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More and more refugee children empowered to read and write

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Having no school in their vicinity, the refugee inhabitants of Dasht-e-Zahmatkeshan -a high refugee populated area in Kerman- would rarely send their children to school as the nearest schools to them were in villages kilometers away from their houses.

In 2012, UNHCR in cooperation with the Bureau for Aliens & Foreign Immigrants Affairs & the Ministry of Education founded a prefabricated school in Dasht-e- Zahmatkeshan.It is now two years that this school has caused joy and hope in the lives of the school aged children of Dasht area and their families. In the first year of its opening, Mohammad Rasoullollah school enrolled 160 students and provided the refugee children with the chance to learn how to read and write.

In the current educational year more than 200 students consisting of first and second graders have enrolled in this school; now they can easily attend class without delay as it is close by and can go back during daylight and have enough time to attend to their homework.

The school will serve as a stepping stone to enable these youngsters climb the ladder of success and hopefully help their dreams come true. Education can aid them in building a brighter future in which they can support themselves and their families; whether whilst in the host country or once they repatriate home to rebuild their home land.