The devastating war has contributed to countless humanitarian issues prevalent in Syria today, one of them being the lack of educational facilities and resources for children. Although there are other pressing needs that demand immediate relief, such as food and medical aid, organisations often overlook the equally crucial need for long-term projects that work to ensure an educated and self-sufficient society.

With the establishment of a nursery inside Syria, our aim would be to provide humanitarian assistance and educational resources for young children, while separately providing training and employment experience for their mothers and women within local refugee camps. The facility would include a 150 m2 building with an enclosed outdoor play area.

This flagship nursery would accommodate up to 100 children, between the ages of two (2) to six (6), and would endeavor to provide children with a stimulating environment to promote early social skills, encourage speech and language development, and lay the crucial foundations for future learning. Due to the trauma caused by the ongoing war in Syria, these skills are critical in ensuring the healthy development of a growing child.

The curriculum will comprise of educational, recreational, and therapeutic activities, and will encompass a variety of techniques to ensure the maximum benefit for the children. These techniques include:

  • Sensory Activities & Play (Enhance learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the senses and work to foster children’s curiosity and imagination.)
  • Imaginative Play (Encourage self-esteem and creativity through role play, dress-up, road maps and cars, home corners, and more.)
  • Language (Introduce to the basics of the English language with the use of Phonics for Nursery; story and circle time using Arabic books; Arabic reading and writing classes for three-six year olds.)
  • Physical Play (Support healthy child growth and development, as well as assist in the release of trauma/emotions through daily indoor and outdoor physical activities.)
  • Arts & Crafts (Promote problem solving abilities and fine and gross motor skills; allow for self-expression through therapeutic art activities.)

In addition to the nursery, this facility would also provide training services for the children’s’ mothers and other women residing in refugee camps. Training services would be focused at providing women with the necessary skills to work, such as computer and sewing skills. Unemployed women would be selected from a variety of refugee camps and trained to assist in establishing and managing similar nurseries needed in their locality.

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