|Schooling is unattainable
The war in Syria has been going on since 2011. Ever since the war began many Syrian children have been deprived of the possibility to attend school. Many families have been forced to flee, and thousands of children live along the Syrian border. They live in unregistered refugee camps that receive neither help nor support from the international community.
Schooling is unattainable for many Syrian children living in these areas. Under the current circumstances a whole generation of Syrians are at risk of growing up without any education, which may well result in a future characterized by poverty. Furthermore many children are at risk of ending up in early marriages, child labor and militant groups.
But we have found a corridor to the Syrian children on the border and so far erected five schools. This gives hope for the future!
We believe that all children deserve to have a life of dignity with access to schooling. We know that children, who go to school, make a better life for themselves as adults. For children living under the stressful conditions of a refugee camp, schooling may help give a sense of stability to their precarious lives.
The children are the future of Syria. They are the ones, who will have to rebuild the country whenever the war is over.
We opened our first school in March 2019. Since then more have been built, and we work tirelessly to open more to ensure schooling for as many Syrian refugee children as possible.
The one thing all our schools have in common is the amazing development of the students. Many of them could neither read nor write, when the schools opened. The lessons we learn from our schools are continually helping us improve and develop other and future schools.
It is a perennial source of joy to see how the students are constantly developing and learning new skills, but also to see the effects of the schools on the rest of the camp.
Invest in the children’s future
When you donate money to 5 Schools, it is not all spent on school books.
Our aim is to support the local community in the refugee camp as a whole, and we therefore offer several types of support.
From the start our primary aim has been to build tent schools, where children may receive good and safe schooling. Here they learn to read and write in Arabic, Turkish and English. They learn math, biology, geography and music, as well as critical life skills such as personal hygiene, anatomy, safety and civil rights.
We have established a center focusing on empowering the girls and women in the camps. At the center a talented female Syrian doctor teaches anatomy, sex education, child rearing, risks in connection with early marriages, personal safety and hygiene. The center furthermore functions as a meeting place for cups of tea and a chat about anything. Eventually we hope to be able to offer different trade classes and informative and inspirational lectures.
In order to learn, one needs proper nourishment. When possible and required we therefore distribute food bags to those most in need.
Winter boots and coats
In the winter it gets both wet and cold in the camps. We have therefore made sure that all students have received new winter boots and warm coats.
We also take care of the youngest children in the camp. If there is no kindergarten, the older children often bring their younger siblings along to school, which they are welcome to do, however, it is far from ideal for neither the older nor younger children. We are therefore in the process of starting a kindergarten able to offer the younger age appropriate stimulation as well as clean diapers and all the care they require.
This is how we use our funds
We are fortunate to be able to send a large majority of the donated funds to where they will have the maximum effect: Providing children in refugee camps with an education. This is possible because our office, book-keeping, accounting, legal assistance, evaluation, printed materials, graphic design, PR etc. are all pro bono. Our costs in Denmark primarily consist of 1,5 full time wage (equivalent to a school teacher’s starting wage).