SEASON 1, EPISODE 4:
Creating opportunities in Za’atari Camp
You’re helping refugee children receive a life-changing education.
Farida and Abdul’s 14-year-old daughter, Nisreen, explains what she hopes to achieve with the education your support is helping provide.
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Did you know that experts fear a ‘lost generation’ of Syrian children who are missing out on an education? Education not only means the chance of a better future for individual children, but it also will provide them the ability to help rebuild their country when war is finally over.
With the education you’re helping provide, children in Za’atari can again dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, nurses or teachers. They will have the opportunity to reach their potential and have a bright future.
“I have always wanted to be a journalist.”
“Before the war, we used to go out freely and go to school. But after the war broke out, we stopped going out and could not study anymore. Our future goals were shattered.
“In Syria there were 45 girls in my classroom. We enjoyed playing in the courtyard, where we would sit under the trees, and we enjoyed studying. We loved our teachers and they loved us too. Now we have no idea what happened to some of the other girls or to the teachers.
“My favorite was my Arabic teacher, Samia. We were like friends and we joked a lot in the classroom. She was a good teacher, and she made us happy. We wished she’d stay with us all day. I haven’t seen or heard any news about her.
“But there is one friend I have seen here. Sulaf and I were best friends since Grade 1. We used to do everything together, but her family left Syria before ours and I did not know what happened to her.
Then one day I saw Sulaf in the market in Za’atari. We were both so happy and now it is the same as before with us.
“In the mornings I go to school and my favorite subjects are Math, Arabic and English. It’s difficult sometimes when the teacher asks a question and it reminds us of something we learned at home in Syria. It makes us think of what we left behind.
“Then at 11 I go to the Vocational Training Center. We do lots of different activities there like medicine, cooking, drawing and photography, but my favorite is journalism.
“I have always wanted to be a journalist and I want to report on things happening in reality. I don’t want to make up stories. I wish I was a journalist now, to be able to describe what’s going on in the camp, how people are living here, how their life was before and how they live now.”
500,000 Syrian refugee children are not enrolled in formal education
22,000 school-aged children are enrolled in Za’atari
72% of the school-aged population is enrolled
29 schools in Za’atari
Updated as of August 2017