Gaza girl, 13, teaches neighbourhood children during school closure - GulfToday

Gaza girl, 13, teaches neighbourhood children during school closure

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13-year-old Fajr Hmaid takes up the role of a teacher amid pandemic. Reuters

In a wooden shack in the Gaza Strip, a 13-year-old girl holds classes for neighbourhood children who have missed out on their studies since schools were closed in March due to the novel coronavirus crisis.

Only 20 people have tested positive for the virus in the Hamas, a Palestinian enclave, where cross-border traffic has long been limited by Israel and Egypt and those entering Gaza in recent months have gone into quarantine.

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Fajr Hmaid with some of her students during a lesson session. Reuters

Fajr Hmaid, who hopes to become a professional teacher one day, provides English, Arabic and math lessons to a class that has grown from four pupils to 15.
"I wanted to bring them here and teach them, this is my talent," Hmaid said.

"I have one girl in first grade. If she is absent from school for a period of time, she will forget how to grab the pen and how to write." 

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Fajr Hmaid, 13, teaches her neighbours' children an Arabic language lesson. Reuters

Gaza teachers have also been giving lessons online during the health crisis.

Fajr's father, Bandar Hmaid, said he was fine with the role his daughter has taken on.

"I said okay - but don't make noise," he said.


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