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Thousands of students return to classes in Morocco

The more than 30,000 children affected by the earthquake were placed in safe classrooms or moved to other facilities in the capital, Marrakech.

Thousands of students resumed classes this Monday in Al-Haouz, in southern Morocco, after the earthquake that caused damage to a third of the 774 educational institutions in the region and left 30,000 children without classrooms.

Earthquake [entre 6,8 e 7 na escala de Richter]which occurred on the night of September 8 to 9 in Al-Haouz, south of Marrakech, left 2,946 dead and 5,674 injured, according to official figures.

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake is felt in Marrakech. It is the strongest aftershock since last week’s earthquake

The provincial director of the Moroccan Ministry of Education, Mohamed Zerrouki, explained to the EFE agency that these 30 thousand children, who are part of the 151,326 students who attend secondary education in the province, resumed classes this Monday.

Zerrouki explained that many of the students attend classes in intact classrooms in their own schools and others have been transferred to other educational institutions in the same province.

Some 6,000 students were provisionally sent to the city of Marrakech, where they resumed their studies. The provincial official stated that the authorities guaranteed these students food, transportation and accommodation in Marrakech, among other types of help.

Another alternative measure was the installation of 200 tents equipped with all the necessary materials for educational operations in the affected villageswhich will be replaced by prefabricated classrooms, pending the reconstruction or remodeling of the schools.

The Moroccan official regretted that 33 educational institutions in Al-Haouz Governorate were completely destroyed during the earthquake.

Likewise, he highlighted that his department is providing social and psychological support to students so that they can calmly and peacefully reintegrate into the pedagogical process.

Source: Observadora

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