Ed­u­ca­tion sup­port

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Ju­soor runs ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for thou­sands of Syr­ian refugee chil­dren across Le­banon. 7DAYS vis­ited its largest school, the Bekaa Cen­tre, on the west­ern edge of the Bekaa Val­ley, which ed­u­cates about 500 chil­dren aged 69 from 20 camps in the area. “Ju­soor has three cen­tres in Le­banon - one in Beirut for 250 kids, and two here in the Bekaa Val­ley,” said sum­mer pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Mo­hammed Haj Ali, a 25-year-old refugee from Syria (right). Suha Tu­tunji, Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor at Ju­soor, said the schools aim to bridge the ed­u­ca­tion gap in refugee camps in Le­banon where roughly half of child refugees aren’t re­ceiv­ing a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion. “Some of these chil­dren have a huge ed­u­ca­tion gap and haven’t been to school in four years since the war be­gan so they need in­for­mal re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion,” said Tu­tunji. “The schools aim to give refugees a pur­pose from a young age so they’re not lured into ex­trem­ism later in life when they have noth­ing to lose be­cause they’re poor and have no work.” Ju­soor fol­lows the Le­banese Ara­bic cur­ricu­lum for maths, sci­ence, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, art, Ara­bic and also peace ed­u­ca­tion classes. The or­gan­i­sa­tion also re­cently in­cor­po­rated Syr­ian iden­tity classes into the agenda.

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