Because of the conflict in Syria, displaced children have missed out on vital years of education. To prevent them from becoming a lost generation and ensure they have access to decent life opportunities, we are helping to build their basic literacy skills. Due to continued pressures on the Jordanian government school system, education in Zaatari Village operates a dual shift whereby the Jordanian students attend school in the morning and the younger Syrian children attend for several hours in the afternoons. Our classes help support the public education system by providing complimentary teaching hours that the children otherwise do not have access to.
We teach 75 Syrian children between 4-15 years
We provide Arabic, Maths and English classes
We hire local teachers to strengthen local employment
“Being able to read and write makes it a different world.”
- parent of one of our students
Yet a needs assessment of Zaatari Village that we conducted in February 2018 showed that 55% of Syrian and 43% of Jordanian respondents could not read and write in Arabic.
The Computer Project
From July 2018 - February 2020, we provided IT classes to Syrian and Jordanian children and young adults, with the support of the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education.
Digital literacy is a key gateway to opportunity, learning and human development. Whether it is for studying using online educational materials, finding scholarships for further study, accessing information about legal rights, shelter and medical needs, or securing better employment opportunities, the ability to use a computer is a fundamental skill that many vulnerable people are unable to benefit from.
The aim of the classes was to :
Teach the trainees basic IT skills such as using the internet, a word processor and email.
Inform the trainees about how they can implement these skills on a day to day basis, to solve any problems they may face and advance their livelihoods.