Everyday, we are exposed to images of war and hear stories of escalating violence in the Middle East. But at a time when the stories and images point to a situation that is getting worse, we have a different message:
Things are also getting better.
Over half of school-aged Syrian refugees living in Jordan do not have access to formal education, making alternative education options critical.
But things are getting better because of Lina, a 19-year-old who only completed the fourth grade before fleeing Syria. Now, she is learning to read and write for the first time in Questscope’s non-formal education (NFE) program. Since February, over 600 youth have been given a second chance through our NFE and informal education programs.
Exposure to war, accompanied by the loss that has resulted from displacement, leaves Syrian refugees isolated and afraid.
But things are getting better because of Khaled, a Syrian refugee in Zaatari and case manager for Questscope’s mentoring program. He shares, “We believe in these kids. In the end, they are our kids and we have hope to help them so that we all can rebuild together.” 750 youth have been connected with a champion through Questscope’s mentoring program in Zaatari camp so far in 2014. Over 100 mentors, like Khaled, are helping to rebuild the next generation.
This is a time of uncertainty, but also a time of great hope. We see it. At the same time, there is more to be done.
That is why we are here, right where we need to be—alongside a generation of Syrian youth that points to a better future.
*Names have been changed for protection and confidentiality.
Questscope mentoring and education programs are funded by the EU, and coordinated by UNESCO.