Oct 14, 2015
By Valerie Massie
The No Lost Generation initiative was launched in 2013 by governments, the United Nations, and multiple organizations to help protect the future of children affected by the Syria crisis. World Vision is contributing by setting up and providing preschool education in Lebanon to prepare Syrian children for school.
“Children in Syria do not go to school before the age of 7, while in Lebanon children start school at the age of 3 or 4,” explains Elika Dadsetan, the project manager. Syrian children who try to enroll in Lebanese schools are often behind. Differences in the school curriculum, teaching methods, and language of instruction make it even more difficult for Syrian children to succeed in school.
At the preschool centres, children learn basic literacy and numeracy skills through songs, stories, and games. Each week, students learn a new letter and a new number, in English and Arabic.
While they were meant for children, these spaces have helped change teachers too.
“These preschool centres taught us the power of giving,” says teacher Antoinette, who is Lebanese. “Now, Syrian students are like my children. Seeing how much they need care inspires me to give fully from my heart,” she shares.
Antoinette did not realise how much the crisis negatively impacted the children until she started teaching them. She added: “The refugee children need love and care, as much as they need an education.”
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