“We are children; the only thing we know in this life is education and playing, we only know how to dream. My school in Syria has been destroyed and thus my dreams.” Says Rayyan, a 12 years old Syrian girl in Lebanon. Rayyan is one of the 570,000 Syrian children who have escaped the war and sought refuge in Lebanon. She is now attending one of the educational centers which Islamic Relief has supported with educational tools and materials in addition to the awareness sessions provided to teachers working in the center. “I used to wake up every day and go to school which is near our home with my best friend Sara, we were planning to be doctors when we grow up. We planned to open a clinic where I work as a pediatrician and Sara as heart surgeon. That day my mother didn’t wake me up for school, the sound of explosion did. It was my school, they destroyed it. After that we ran away from home and came to Lebanon; Sara didn’t come with me because she went with her family to another place”. Rayyan added. Islamic Relief has provided Rayyan with a school bag and stationery in addition to supporting the center with educational tools, laptops and printers to build its capacity to receive students. The only chance for Rayyan to rebuild her lost dream is to attend this center because it is the only center in her area which offers a free education. “When we came here my only wish was to find a place where I can continue my education but we are refugees here and the money we have is only enough for keeping us a live, we buy food and medicine with it and school fees are very expensive, I asked my father to look for a free school he didn’t find any but fortunately he found an educational center for Syrian refugees. The center is not like my school in Syria, it doesn’t have big classes or a playground but at least I can learn in it, I don’t want to play; I just need to continue my study. I received a new school bag and educational kits from Islamic Relief and those will be my weapons to fight again for my dream”. Rayyan said.
Most of the Syrian children are traumatized and thus needs a special care especially those attending schools which may affect their learning abilities, for this reason Islamic Relief managed to provide awareness sessions for teachers working with Syrian students to improve their skills in dealing with traumatized children. One of the teachers who received awareness sessions with Islamic Relief said: “It is my first experience to teach refugee children where most of them have war trauma, at the beginning I was not sure that I can handle the situation but after receiving awareness sessions with Islamic Relief on how to deal with this kind of children I learned new techniques to work with traumatized students and the best way to communicate with them especially they used to have a different curriculum and a different culture in Syria and now they are vulnerable and have special needs not like the Lebanese students. That’s why all the workers who deal with Syrian children must receive this kind of awareness to make sure the children are being treated well”. With the help of Islamic Relief, many Syrian children are now able to access and receive a good quality of educational services and those who lost their dreams, like Rayyan, will have a chance to dream again and continue their education after being torn apart and forced to leave their schools in Syria and thus they will not be a lost generation.