Preparatory programs targeting dropped off children to help them return to school

After the overthrow of the Islamic State of Iraq and sham in 2017, the city’s young population was struggling to recover the educational system and losses of education due to the prevention of education to girls and teaching an amended curriculum that serves ISIS ideology. 

During ISIS’s rule in the region, a great portion of the local population preferred to keep their children indoors off school, fearing exposure of their children to be a brainwashing radical ideology. This had resulted in a steep decline in the school attendance figures and school drop off. Despite maintaining a home-based education style by some families to keep their children on track, the majority of children suffered from a learning gap that needed to be recovered.

Since its liberation, the local administration and civil society have been working to amend the educational system and recover the child population to be back on the school desk. Aimed overcoming the educational rift. Groups of civil society organizations began working to provide children with different programs to encourage them and their families to return to school. 

Takaful Sham organization relaunched recently in Ezaz, the third version of their educational program which has been successfully running for three years. Ahmad Al Al-Khaten, program manager in the NGO explains that the renewal is being held at five schools, three on the outskirts camps of Ezzaz city and two inside the city. The programs make good use of the free spaces in those schools to hold acceleration education sessions to the local children who have left school and are working, staying at home. 

The program beneficiaries children figure is 1500 children, which is considered low in comparison with the number of dropped off children. The programs’ schedule aims to prepare children aged between eight and fifteen, with refreshing curriculum that cover Math, Arabic, and English, let alone free transportation between their homes and school.

In addition to the standard classes that reproduce education to children Takaful’s program utilizes entertainment sessions aimed to improve children’s skills and boost interaction learning and personal communications with one another inside and outside the classroom.

“The project upholds moral and future values of education to the recipient children who dropped off affected by various reasons. It improves their confidence and alleviates their fears of going to failure and learning years of absence, so by the end of the program they reintegrate with the regular schools.”

On the same page through mending the damage education had suffered from in another post-ISIS city of Mare in northern-east Aleppo countryside. Kesh Malek organization has also been undertaking for the third year in a row a similar program where it aims to minimize the scale drooping off widespread in the city.

A comprehensive mixture of acceleration and social programs that target a scale of 442 children for four months. The program includes in addition to parental awareness sessions that illustrate the importance and role of helping their children resume their education to help their children build a better future.

A fundamental division of the project encompasses a program called “A-Deal” that encompasses a social-physio support program which is a preparatory course before they take before rejoining normal schooling.  

Al Kasme explains that the program equips children in a basic mind map on how to overcome their problems and how to imagine and think of the future that they want to pursue. The sessions encompass children [aged between 8-14 years-old] and teach them various social and communication skills and other related concepts,” Kesh Malek Program facilitator in Mare.

“The organization vision is to enhance children’s communication abilities concerning how to overcome fears, define their identity, interact with their peers, and how to deal with emotions,” he added

“Throughout education, NGOs are endeavoring to render children’s identity more attached to themselves  to make confidence and restore their belief in the value of life, trust in abilities and hope for future growth and success.”

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