Because education is not limited to a specific age or a particular financial or health condition, you can witness dozens of cases of students who have joined Masarat Initiative from different social backgrounds aiming to fulfill their special needs and desire, united by one common dream: to fight for their right to education and obtain the certificates they aspire to.
Iyad Al-Sheikh: Overcoming Age and Circumstances to Achieve the Dream of Education
Iyad Al-Sheikh is a married young man from the eastern countryside of Maarat Al-Numan. His forty years of age did not deter him from giving up his dream of pursuing education and claiming his right to obtain an academic degree that would secure the remaining years of his life.
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Iyad migrated from his village four years ago and settled with his family in one of the camps in “Harbanoush.” The living conditions in a tent with eight children were not suitable for studying. However, Iyad’s determination was greater than the difficulties he faced. While browsing Facebook, he came across a video of Masarat initiative and witnessed how knowledge was being transferred to students remotely. His determination was reignited, and his dreams resurfaced in his imagination. He joined the initiative in the hope of obtaining a high school diploma that would open the doors to university for him.
Abdulrahman Nanaa: Excelling and Pursuing Education Despite Visual Impairment
Abdulrahman Nanaa, from Hritan town in the northern countryside of Aleppo, is another living example of success stories that inspire and create narratives that encourage others to pursue education.
Abdulrahman, a 22-year-old visually impaired student, proved that the loss of his sight did not weaken his vision. On the contrary, it became an additional motivation for him to study and excel beyond his sighted peers.
Abdulrahman lives with his family in Idlib, and he studied in a special school for the blind in Idlib city. However, the biggest challenge he faced was the limited education offered at his school, which only provided a basic education certificate, while Abdulrahman’s dreams were much greater. He aspired to obtain a high school diploma.
With the help of his school director, Abdulrahman joined Masarat Initiative, which offers specialized services for the visually impaired. He started his studies through its dedicated channel, hoping to obtain a high school diploma and continue his university studies in the field of Religious studies. He aspires to be like his grandfather, who was a teacher of Religious education.
The cases of Iyad, Abdulrahman, and dozens of other students with special needs have served as motivation for many students to continue their education or return to the classrooms, hoping to achieve new accomplishments in their life journeys.