According to Ahwazi human rights activists, the living condition of the local Arab people in rural areas of Falahiyeh city is mostly devastated by the effects of long-term poverty and deprivation.
They are in a desperate need to basic public services like roads, pavements, access to piped water, electricity, medical centers, sewage system and job and employment opportunities.
The education condition is also extremely shocking as the Arab students of these rural areas in elementary schools ranked as amongst the most deprived students in terms of having access to basic educational services.
Shaheed Jassem Asakereh elementary school in “Gheedari village” located in one of the neglected suburb areas of Falahiyeh city is the only government –designated school for the children of the village.
The village has 300 households, and its population holds 2100 residents crumbling with poverty and variety of miseries. Despite these conditions, the children are attending school which has only three classrooms with up to 45 students cramped into each classroom without having desk and bench to sit on so all the students have to sit on the cold floor covered with torn carpet.
As the winter is approaching, the poor students have to bear the cold temperature of classrooms because there is not any heating system in the classes and often rainwater drips through the classrooms’ roofs.
The rural students aged 7 to 12 separately have to attend the school for half of the day. Three groups come in the morning and another three groups in the afternoon.
The building of the school resembles barn animals, the inner of the classrooms are extremely dilapidated and the only teaching materials available in the classrooms are blackboards and hand drawn chart stuck in the walls.
The school has only one restroom with two dirty small pitchers of water for washing, even there is no soup and no towel or Kleenex. The place is so unsanitary and nobody is using it, often neighboring homes are allowing the students to use their own latrines.
In addition to the lack of educational facilities, the schools of Falahiyeh city are facing with shortage of qualified teachers. The students are also having real problems for going to long-distant schools due to lack of paved roads and transport means.
Crossing thick oil and gas pipelines near the school of the village is reflecting the long history of racial discrimination imposed on the Ahwazi Arab people by the Iranian occupying central governments.
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