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August 05, 2015

Syrian Refugees Find Haven at Canadian-Founded Private School

As the civil war in Syria rages and the refugee population swells, the privately funded Al Salam School in southern Turkey has become so popular with evacuees that the school operates in five shifts to meet the demand, NPR reports.

The founder, Hazar al-Mahayni, a Canadian pharmacist who emigrated from Syria 20 years ago, said she started the school because "the future of Syria will come from these children." Support has come from private donors and partners that include a Canadian school and an American aid group.

Al Salam's student population has grown steadily as the Syrian crisis continues, with nearly 2,000 evacuees now attending. Classes are taught in Turkish, Syrian, and Arabic.