The pursuit of education represents the entire dream and hope of Abdul Malik. Living in a tent, he currently has no job or profession in the area where he resides in the camps of northern Syria. He firmly believes that his future is solely linked to the certificate he aims to obtain.
Abdul Malik Al-Mohammed, a displaced person from the village of Talmanes in eastern Idlib countryside, was provided with a seat in Masarat Initiative, which will help him achieve his dream. The northern Syrian camps suffer from a shortage of schools, with education limited to primary levels, while secondary schools are concentrated in larger villages and towns, posing difficulties for camp residents to access them.
Abdul Malik spends days filled with tension in his tent near Maarat Masrin, as achieving good grades required to obtain his high school certificate, requires high levels of effort and concentration, which cannot be secured in a tent that offers no protection from the winter cold or summer heat. Moreover, the noise in the camp and the inability of the tent fabric to block out sounds prevent him from focusing properly.
Fostering Academic Success from Tents
Abdul Malik did not expect distance learning to be effective, but his experience with Masarat Initiative changed his mind. He discovered his ability to comprehend and access information well through the lessons he follows on the Masarat e-Learning platform. The initiative aims to facilitate access to formal education for students who have found themselves outside the education system within Syria or in refugee-hosting countries. It provides interactive explanations of the school curriculum through distance learning applications.
The Student Activities Program contributed to the personal development of Abdul Malik in various aspects, including physical, mental, cultural, social, and artistic aspects. It offers practical opportunities and activities that students can engage in either in-person or remotely.
Education Shortage in Northern Syrian Camps
Abdul Malik hopes that all students who have dropped out of school will return to their classrooms, as the existence of Masarat Initiative leaves no excuse for being far from their education.
Among the over 318,000 out-of-school children in northwest Syria, as well as 78,000 children in displacement camps, 85% of whom are engaged in various professions, including hazardous ones, the initiative has already served 1,130 students since its launch, seeking to reach the largest number possible.