The project in partnership with the state Ministry of Education, designed three interlinked activities to address this challenge.
1. Classes for women: First, twenty volunteers were trained as teachers, and 19 of them managed to start classes. Around 570 people enrolled in the classes – 557 of them were women.
2. Classes for “out of school youth” (from 9-14 grade) Thirty-five children, who dropped out of the school, and do not have other opportunities to re-enter, enrolled in literacy classes in Khor Shamam village to complete 2 years syllabus and then enrolled back to school programme.
3. Provision of supplies to the villages: Blackboards, notebooks, teachers’ guidance books, chalk and pens were provided for both teachers and students.
Classes attracted students from diverse age and ethnic groups, providing an opportunity to work together in a friendly space and enabled to increase trust and confidence. The project even had to expand the number of courses offered to meet the high demand. Women and the broader community agreed that literacy was useful for reducing community tensions (see above survey), bringing groups together and supporting more in-depth peacebuilding learning and conversations.