Turkish, Pakistani groups open schools in Syria

                               By Omer Koparan</p>    <p>AZAZ, Syria (AA) – A Turkish governor’s office and a Pakistani organization have opened nine schools in Azaz, Syria, on Thursday.</p>  <p>In line with a protocol signed in coordination with the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the governor’s office in Kilis and Pakistan-based Baitussalam Welfare Trust opened the schools consisting with 130 classrooms in al-Iman camp.</p>  <p>Provincial Directorate of National Education in Kilis provided desks, tables, blackboards and heaters, while the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) provided playgrounds.</p>  <p>AFAD’s vice president Ismail Palakoglu told Anadolu Agency that Turkey has helped Syrians living in areas cleared of terrorism, with Turkish operations, for eight years.</p>  <p>Palakoglu added that efforts were ongoing with support of public institutions and NGOs in the country.</p>  <p>The deputy governor of Kilis, Hakan Yavuz Erdogan, said 10,000 students were going to be educated in camps when the project is completed.