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Syrian student on top despite misery of refugee camp

Orient Net - Reuters 2018-08-23 08:54:00

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What others would see as excuses were just challenges to overcome for Syrian refugee student Dalal Azzah while the 18-year-old was studying for high school exams.

At her residence in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Azzah described how both summer and winter brought their hardships.

"There were also hardships during the winter because there would be mud and it would get difficult to reach school. In the summer especially during Ramadan, many of my friends and I could not really benefit, neither at daytime nor in the evenings," she said.

But the resolute teenager worked around those difficulties and earned 97.6 percent in the General Secondary Certificate exam, the highest score on the test in the camp since its inception.

With those grades, she also became one of the top students in three educational directorates in Jordan.

The score in the General Secondary Certificate is crucial for the academic future of students as it is the main criterion for university admission in country.

Now, Azzah wants to go on to college to study English.

In May, the United Nations and aid agencies warned that a "critical gap" in funding for Syrian refugees and host communities this year could lead to cuts in vital services, threatening social stability in host countries and refugees’ futures.

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