Armenia: A day in the life of a school on the border

May 2022
Public Story
The Armenian School on the Border
Copyright Simona Margherita Marcia 2022
Updated May 2022
Location Armenia
Topics Children, Conflict, Documentary, Education, International Stories, Journalism, Photojournalism, Reportage, School/College, War, War and its effects, World

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Despite the security risks, children, living in communities along the border, between Armenia and Azerbaijan, go to school every morning.

For an outsider, their lives may appear normal, but appearances can be deceptive. It is only when one interacts with the children who attend school, or their teachers, that the gravity of the situation becomes evident.

Before the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the 1990s, this school in Tavush Region of Armenia had 800 students. Now there are only 200. Heating is only available in the main building. School authorities say it is more than enough as the number of students has been steadily decreasing over the past years.

The ICRC works on both sides of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan to help people deal with the security situation, loss of livelihood and lack of economic opportunities.
Commissioned by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Article – Gohar Hakobyan
Photos and captions – Simona Margherita Marcia
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