13-year-old girl turns neighborhood teacher in Gaza

Meet Gaza’s 13-year-old teacher

Fajr Hmaid holds classes for local children

as neighborhood schools remain shut

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, SAYING:

"I wanted to bring them here and teach them, this is my talent. I have one girl in first grade, if she is absent from school for a period of time, she will forget how to hold the pen and how to write. So I wanted to help them develop and make sure they don't forget the information they had taken in school."

Fajr gives lessons to 15 pupils

in English, Arabic, and math

She hopes to teach professionally one day

and improve education in Gaza

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN STUDENT FROM GAZA, FAJR HMAID, SAYING:

"I would like to become a teacher in the future, I have a talent for teaching children. Our area is a marginalized one, so I want to open my own educational center and help make the people in my community successful."