By most agreed international measures, the province of Sistan and Baluchistan is one of Iran’s poorest and most deprived. The impact of this on how children experience their formative years has been the subject of repeated coverage over the years. Less attention, however, has been paid to the state of education in the province.
A large proportion of school-age children in Sistan and Baluchistan do not have a physical structure to attend classes in. Instead, they receive a basic, verbal education outdoors under a canopy, or even less; if there happens to be a tree in their village that provides adequate shade, chances are it also serves as the local classroom.Continue reading