“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
At Syria Relief, we are passionate about getting children back into school. With their country in turmoil for what looks to be the foreseeable future, education will be vital in helping the children of Syria rebuild the pieces of their shattered lives and land.
Education is one of our key projects and success stories and we are swiftly increasing our capacity. We sponsor 55 Schools and Children’s Centres inside Syria, educating over 16,000 children daily. We have successfully reopened schools that were closed down, rebuilding and refurbishing where necessary. Many of our schools operate double shifts to accommodate the demand. We provide the necessary support to those who run classes in any available space in their locality.
Children at our schools are taught according to the Syrian education curriculum. We are proud that a number of our schools cater for children with learning difficulties and hearing impairments. We presently teach around 2,000 schoolchildren with special needs.*
We also have 31 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) which provide 1000 children with psychosocial support daily – a crucial service in a place where trauma and loss are daily occurrences.
Our teachers receive training in child protection, psychological support and first aid as standard. Specialist psychological support staff are available at all of our regular schools, providing one-to-one and group sessions for children and staff. Regular reports help us monitor the success of our schools, while keeping us informed of growing needs.
With 3 million Syrian children lacking access to education as a result of the conflict, demand is high. Our Education Programme is expanding rapidly; we currently have 70 schools on our waiting list who have requested our support. Without it, they may be forced to close, leaving thousands of children with no education, endangering their safety and their future. Those unable to access education are left vulnerable to exploitation on the streets, prey to any unscrupulous opportunist.
Please donate and help keep Syria’s schoolchildren learning, playing and living.
Your donations towards our Education Programme go to:
- Refurbishing and maintaining school buildings
- Student kits and classroom equipment
- School meals
- Teacher training and staff salaries
- Gifts and toys
- Psychological support
*Figures correct May 2016