In Daraa, we’ve opened two new schools inside the city and several others in surrounding villages. Local civil society committees are in charge of running these schools, and we intend to keep this arrangement in place.
Several philanthropists fund us. No regional political organisations or rebel brigades are involved — unless you count the Free Syrian Army’s safeguarding of the buildings the school are in.
In general, the schools are set up in secure apartments in the safer zones. We can’t use the old schools, which were all destroyed, and some of which are still being shelled by the regime. We welcome all children of primary school age.
The Islamists have no influence over our schools; in fact, boys and girls attend school together.
All our teachers are volunteers, since we don’t have the means to pay them. But we plan to do so soon if we can get the necessary funding from the National Syrian Coalition or other groups.