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Many children have lost the chance to attend school, as the tsunami has destroyed school buildings. For some, the chaotic situation simply disallows the privilege of an education. Restarting the education system gets children back into a daily routine and helps them cope with the trauma.

Moreover, it offers them a way escape from the vicious cycle of poverty. Once tents or temporary structures had been set up for children, the next stage was making sure that they were engaged in activities beneficial for their mental and psychological well being. However, Exercise books, textbooks and equipment had all been destroyed.

"Initially, there was nothing there for them, so we obtained some activity boxes, which contained different toys and recreational materials - things that would help them to just play." Moving from this basic set-up to teaching that reflects the national curriculum can take a year or more," said Susan Nicolai, an adviser for Save the Children.


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