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Syrian refugee children: School attendance gives children hope

Syria/ Lebanon: The war in Syria has forced millions of people to leave their homes. The neighbouring country Lebanon has been especially impacted by this. With a total population of around 6.8 million people, Lebanon is the country with the largest number of refugees per capita. More than half of the refugees are children and young people. They are particularly suffering from the traumatic experiences of the civil war, the journey they have been forced to make and the thought of their uncertain future.

We help these children and their families. Our project supports 400 Syrian refugee children currently living in and around refugee camps in Ghazze - near the Syrian border - with tutoring and psychosocial support. The children receive language courses in English and lessons in arithmetic, writing and reading so that they can overcome their educational gaps and better meet the requirements of the Lebanese school system. 

With our project, we want to give Syrian refugee children a real chance to integrate and successfully complete their schooling. So that in the future they are able to find work that will allow them to sustainably feed a family.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis in Lebanon, many Syrian refugees are currently without jobs and unable to meet their basic needs. Therefore the project is distributing food and hygiene packages to the families of children attending Damme school to help them get through this difficult period. 

Camp Ghazze
Families of the children enrolled at our school receive social assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic, including food and hygiene packages to help them survive the current economic crisis.

Returning to normal life is hard

The main obstacles are strict admission conditions at publicly funded schools, the trauma that children have suffered from the war and the use of the foreign languages English and French at Lebanese secondary schools. Syrian children have to take an entrance exam before they can attend a school in Lebanon. In addition, the number of refugee children is not allowed to exceed 50% per class. Most Syrian children do not know foreign languages, and they need special preparation and psychosocial counselling before they can cope with everyday schooling in Lebanon.

This is how we help

Together with our partner Alpha, we prepare Syrian refugee children for attendance at Lebanese State schools. We help girls and boys aged between 3-16 to fill gaps in their education and better meet the requirements of the Lebanese school system. At our school they are taught English, Arabic, Maths and Science and also receive psychological and social counselling.

camp

In addition to the academic subjects, all children receive psychosocial support sessions. Psychosocial support (PSS) is offered in groups as well as on an individual basis. All the children of Damme school (except kindergarten children) were forced to flee, some of them still suffer from wartime atrocities and have developed psychological disorders. A psychotherapist provides individual psychological support for the children for whom the PSS group activities are not deemed sufficient.

Covid-19 adjustments and online education

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis in Lebanon, many Syrian refugees are without jobs and unable to meet their basic needs. Therefore the project is distributing food and hygiene packages to the families of children attending Damme school to help them get through this difficult period. 

In order to be able to continue teaching during the lockdown period, we have implemented an online teaching system. After each lesson, the teachers assign individual or group homework to the children. All students receive the study material digitally as well as in hard copy. A driver drops off the material and assignments daily and collects the homework as well. For 2021, the Lebanese Ministry of Education is aiming for a hybrid system of online instruction and face-to-face instruction in schools. In this system, each class is to be divided into two groups, which will alternate between distance and in-class education. 

Please help now!

• 25 € enables the purchase of school material (writing pads, pens etc.) for one child per school year.

• 47 € are needed for a food and hygiene package for a Syrian refugee family during the Corona crisis.

• 54 € will enable the psychosocial support of a traumatised refugee child.

• 65 € is enough for a child to attend our school for one month.

Project Nr. 46162

Become a sponsor of the project: You can support this project permanently by sponsoring it for € 15 per month.


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