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A Syrian Professor discovers Eggplant Calyx as the Newest Alternative Cure for Leishmaniasis Disease

Dr. Jamileh Hsaian, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Damascus University speaks to Syria Times about her scientific discovery of a cure for Leishmaniasis diseases from Eggplant calyx.

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I was born in the city of al-Qunaitra in 1959. I studied till the 2 Grade in the city but after the Israeli attack in June 6, 1967, my family and me were forced to evacuate our hometown to the city of Damascus where I continued my school years.

"My Heritage is my Memory and my Identity” Festivity in Lattakia

“Heritage is the eternal past. It is the most cherished treasure a nation can be proud of.  Our heritage belongs to every one in our society altogether we can give this heritage a meaning and depth”  Mr.Majd Sarem Director of Lattakia’s culture said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper at the sideline of “ My heritage is my memory and identity “ festivity in Lattakia.

The Festivity  was held  in several Syrian provinces in celebration of  the Arab child Day  which coincidences on October the 18th . 

Mr.Sarem  stressed the importance of preserving Syria’s cultural heritage in the light of the methodical war that is targeting Syria with the aim of destroying its civilization and culture.

 He affirmed the need to defend and preserve Syria’s tangible and intangible heritage which are connected to each other, underlining that reviving the Syrian heritage is the responsibility of every one as it is the heritage of all humanity.

Distinguished Syrian participation in Kuwait-UNDP regional Ideathon Competition

The Modelling and Simulation Club  at the Lattakia’s branch of  the Syrian  Computer Society ( SCS)  has recently participated  in the online  regional ideathon competition which is a part  of the Hackathon Q8vs Covid 19 series.

The  event was held by the United Nations Development Program ( UNDP) in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Planning and Development ( SCPD)  and the World Bank.

The ideathon competition aims to showcase the best of regional entrepreneurs with great ideas for an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals and connect them with the largest developments in the digital world.

“The Colors of Syria" Bazaar helps women find market for their hand-made works

Under the slogan "The Colors of Syria", a bazaar was held on Saturday at the Sheraton Hotel in Damascus and lasted for three days.

The bazaar included various handmade products of embroideries, accessories, office and home decorations, perfumes, clothes, types of food and sweets that are famous in the Syrian kitchen.

SDF militias willfully obstruct access to schools in the Governorate of Hasaka

The US-backed SDF militias seized most of the governorate of Hassakeh’s schools.  They  willfully obstruct access to the Syrian government schools in the cities of Hasaka and Qamishly.

Three weeks after the start of the new school year, the SDF militias put more pressure on school’s teachers, administrative staff and students – making it more difficult for them to reach their schools in the security squares in the cities of Hasaka and Qamishly.

On September 15, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the SDF worked to “gradually stop education in schools and impose a different educational curricula without giving any consideration to their quality, content and suitability for the age stages and the cultural and social environment.”

The ministry said that the SDF's approach aims at disseminating  ignorance and illiteracy through intimidation and denial of the basic requirements for the realization of this right, threatening the future of thousands of children and youth.

Local sources in the city of Hasaka said to Syria Times that the SDF militias “by force of arms”  seized 2,285 schools in Hasaka city, the last of which were 118 schools before the start of this school year on September 13, leaving 179 schools run by the Education Directorate in Hasaka for all educational levels.

“The SDF’s measures increased the numbers of students and overcrowding in the classrooms. My classroom filled with more than 75 students,” Ahmed, a 45-year-old teacher in the city of Hasaka said to Syria Times.

“The Ministry of Health called for spatial distancing as a measure to address Coronavirus epidemic.  The SDF militias have seized our schools which has limited the ability to have more classrooms for the students,” teacher Ahmed said.

The SDF militias practice all kinds of pressure and crackdown on the Syrian governmental teachers, students and even transportation of school books.

 “The Syrian government is working hard to ensure the success of the educational process in the governorate of Hasaka.  The Ministry of Education by air freight transports the school books from Damascus to the Qamishly Airport. Then,  we distribute them to each school and home schools in Hasaka, Qamishly and Tal Hamis where the governmental schools are located,” Ahmed Dahmish, the Director of School Books of Hasaka stated.

This school year , the Directorate of Education in the governorate of Hasaka only runs 179 schools- last year there were 407 schools,  for 125000 students of  all educational levels. The SDF militias’ crackdown deprives about 100,000 students from education in violation of education rights guaranteed by international laws.

Head of the Education Directorate in Hasaka  Ilham Sorkhan stated   that the directorate took a  number of measures to face the SDF militias’ tightening grasp by making  a second shift in public and private schools, increasing classroom capacity, converting some government buildings into educational complexes and expanding the establishment of premade  classrooms

Sorkhan said that the owners of private institutes are granted temporary licenses to teach students the Syrian governmental curriculum in addition to supporting the 56- home- schools which accommodate about 6 thousand students.