- Posted January 13, 2014 by
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Students head back to school for first time since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines
Students return to their damaged classrooms for the official reopening of classes nearly two months after super typhoon Haiyan battered Leyte and other provinces in the Philippines. Based on the data from Department of Education, nearly a half a million students in the provinces of Leyte and Samar were affected. Here, photos show the challenges students face in returning to school: textbooks are destroyed and water-logged, classrooms no longer have walls, and the students return empty handed – no books, bag, pen or papers. But despite these challenges, everywhere you see the smiles and enthusiasm of the children to be back in school, despite the discomfort of sitting inside makeshift classrooms without textbooks. They’re happy to be back with their friends again.
During the official reopening of classes, the school used educational materials like notebooks, pens, art materials and whiteboards provided by World Vision.