Thousands of children face significant challenges in accessing their fundamental right to education, with over 318,000 dropout children in northern Syria. Among them, 78,000 children live in camps that lack basic living conditions.
Three Children Return to School After Dropping Out
Oweis Haider, a young man, encountered immense difficulties in his childhood. He lost his siblings in the war at an early age and was forcibly displaced from his city in the Damascus countryside to northern Syria. He found himself compelled to give up everything, including his education, in order to secure a living for his remaining family members. However, his dream of continuing his studies still loomed before him, and he hoped to achieve it at the nearest opportunity.
As for Hakmat Al-Tamr, a twenty-year-old, he witnessed the horrors of war in his city, Deir ez-Zor, and was displaced with many of its residents to northern Syria. This forced him to dropout of school, enter the workforce ,and adapt to his new life and support his family. However, the challenges he faced did not prevent him from considering learning again and continuing his studies while working. He joined Masarat Initiative in the hopes of securing a better future for his family.
Mahmoud Al-Jassim, living in one of the camps in northern Syria, faces a lack of educational services. The distance between his place of residence and educational facilities is one of the major difficulties he encounters. He was forced to interrupt his education and engage in demanding grazing work from a young age to support his family’s essential needs. However, these obstacles did not deter him from pursuing his dream of education. After an 11-year hiatus, he successfully managed to return and resume his academic journey.
Masarat Initiative: Combating School Dropout Among Children
Masarat became a source of hope for Oweis, Mahmoud, Hakmat, and over 12,000 children who dropped out of school due to difficult living conditions. The initiative provided them with the opportunity for online learning from their workplaces, offering them guidance and advising to help them achieve their dreams and secure a dignified life for their families.