by Laura Boushnak
While I was in Amman patiently waiting for the education ministry’s approval to start taking photos at schools, I came across a unique project called the ”Bayer Tent.”
Without any hesitation I proposed the idea to my journalist friend Suha Maayeh, who enthusiastically agreed to work on the story. We hired a driver and set up a date to start the desert journey.
Because of the nomadic life style of the Bedouins, children have no access to primary education. This is why, Affash Amamreh, a Bedouin from Jordan, started the “Bayer Tent” project, a mobile tent where children in the desert learn how to read and write.
Over 2,000 Bedouins benefited from the teaching in the tent, which has moved with families wherever they have gone in the desert since 1996. And just A few years ago, Affash managed to convince many reluctant families to allow their daughters to join his project. Once the students get older, the boys go to the village or town to continue their education, where they stay with relatives or pitch a tent next to them. The girls stay behind with their families in the desert.
After talking to some of the women inside their tents they told us that the reason why they want their kids to receive education is because they’re hoping to move to the town and leave the harsh living conditions behind!