Post Script #1 from NuDay Syria: Education: Restoring a Basic Right in the Midst of War

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Excerpt from 8/30/16 Jissr Shughour School, Hammam Sheikh Issa Grant Project Overview

 Education: Restoring a Basic Right in the Midst of War

“…efforts in this regard are lacking and have been overshadowed by basic needs for survival.”

NuDay Syria is a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian and medical aid to mothers and children inside Syria and in the bordering areas in Turkey. Emphasizing empowerment through dignified means of service, NuDay Syria aims to develop self-sustainable programs to provide possibilities for displaced mothers to obtain a means of income, while providing their children with educational opportunities, thus normalizing their living circumstances.

Ultimately, NuDay Syria aims to ensure financial independence and a productive future through fostering a mentality of world citizenry amongst those we serve.

For more information on NuDay Syria, please visit us at www.nudaysyria.net.

This report focuses on the Jissr Shughour School, an initiative focused on meeting the educational needs of internally displaced children in Syria who are now located in Jissr Shughour of the Hammam Sheikh Issa village and surrounding areas in Idlib countryside. The mission of NuDay Syria’s education efforts are to provide educational facilities to serve the over 35,000 IDPs in that area. Despite the large number of school-aged children, options for education are currently minimal. A vital bi-aspect of the project of rebuilding this particular area is to revive the economy by creating jobs in educational fields, thus fulfilling NuDay Syria’s mission of self-sustainability.

Excerpt from “School Project” p. 10

Trained schoolteachers, principals, and maintenance staff are available amongst the IDP population. The majority of the teachers are women, meeting NuDay Syria’s goal to support and empower Syrian women. Getting schools up and running enhances the local economy and enables teachers and staff to make a living. Alternative make-shift schools have often run on a volunteer basis with irregular classes and attendance, but by definition a school building with formal curriculum and exams (such as those through NuDay Syria) means wages and an actual staff.

One of the most desired aspirations for Syrians is for their children to receive an education. Often in the countryside, children attend school to only the seventh grade due to the need for them to help earn money for the family while children in bigger cities with a more reliable economy and highly educated parents usually are expected to receive a BA education at the very least.

With the constant violence and war, Syrian children have been stripped of their basic right for a formal education. Building schools and offering learning and an education to these children do not always result in good student attendance or attention to classes mostly because students have PTSD, are distracted emotionally, and in many cases cannot attend fully due to the need for scrounging for food for their families in order for them to eat.

NuDay Syria realizes the complex issues of children actually attending school and began in winter 2015 to ”reward” attending students with school supplies, stuffed animals, and other needed items at the end of every few weeks of school attendance. Consequently, a huge increase in students coming to school was noticed, as was their level of focus. As permitted by logistics and grants, snacks and meals are also regularly offered to children, all of whom are constantly hungry, ideally at least once a day. Conclusively, we have found a huge turn around in the students’ attitudes to school at the schools we sponsor with students prioritizing and appreciating the option to be at school, and we expect to use this same reward-system at our new school in Hammam Sheikh Issa.