Fayza almost lost hope, and never expected that going to university would become one of her daily priorities, especially after leaving school at an early age and dedicating herself to taking care of her husband and children for many years. However, an important change in her life reignited her dream.
A Ray of Hope: Overcoming a Long Break in Education
Fayza Al-Sheikh, a mother of five children, discontinued her studies since 2007 and immersed herself in her daily life, taking care of her family in the village of Al-Sheikh Mustafa, south of Idlib. But after being displaced from the area, she moved with her husband and family to the Kelli camps, where her dream resurfaced upon hearing about Masarat Initiative from one of her friends.
Resilience and Hope
When Fayza learned about Masarat Initiative and the possibility of receiving lessons from her home, she made up her mind to continue with the initiative’s teachers in the hope of obtaining a high school diploma. The task was not easy as her long absence from education and not having studied tenth and eleventh grades were significant challenges along her path. However, her determination was stronger than the obstacles she faced, and she pursued her studies with persistence until she obtained the certificate that enabled her to enter the Faculty of Arts and Sciences studying in the Geography department.
A Hopeful Future
Every morning, Fayza sets off towards her university, diligently attending her lessons without neglecting her daily responsibilities towards her family. She is filled with a sense of pride after taking significant steps towards achieving her dream. She now realizes that education is a shield for every woman, a fundamental support for her. She hopes to get closer to her dream by finding a job that improves the living conditions of her family and children.
Masarat Initiative’s Impact on Syrian Students’ Lives
Fayza is one of the 8,000 students who have benefited from the Masarat Initiative, breaking the dropout cycle and returning to the classrooms, driven by the hope of achieving a better accomplishment than they did while being away from education. Many of them have succeeded in obtaining the desired certificate and continue their university studies in the field they dream of.
The initiative works towards providing free educational and knowledge services to all Syrians through advanced e-learning platforms and applications. It focuses on the most vulnerable groups in society, including orphans, people with disabilities, those who have been out of education for long periods, earthquake victims, and students in camps.