A Recruitment Director from INTO Study visited the Jusoor School in Lebanon which is currently teaching 300 Syrian refugee students. He has written a blog to share with us his experiences and to give an update on the school:
This time last year, the Jusoor School in Beirut for Syrian refugee schoolchildren was unknown to anyone at INTO. Then INTO Giving – using donations from INTO staff and students across the globe – donated £8,500 ($10,600 USD) to enable the school to completely renovate and move to a new, larger premises.
With a larger building, the number of students leapt from 215, to 300. The new school also has more essentials. More toilets (for children and teachers alike). A library and computer lab with fifteen laptops was set up. Teachers now have meeting rooms and rooms for parent-teacher conferences (where before they had none).
There’s a larger playground too. The new playground is twice as large as the old one, which means more space for play, more space for sports, more space for drama and arts and nature activities.
Omar Ratib, INTO MEASA Recruitment Director, in Lebanon on a recent recruitment trip, saw visiting the school for himself as a must, and paid it a visit.
'I was humbled’ says Omar. ‘The experience will stay with me forever. The children were chatty, engaged and obviously wanted to be there in school, despite their disrupted lives, having lost their homes and, in some cases, family members.
‘It was amazing to see what the school was accomplishing with very little money and a huge amount of goodwill. Teachers and volunteers were delivering lessons under very difficult circumstances and with very little resources to see that these children get an education.’
Just as important as helping refugee schoolchildren, is support for teachers. Syrian teachers at the Jusoor School are refugees themselves. Providing them with the opportunity to continue working as teachers, means helping them maintain a sense of purposefulness and to support their families’ dignified living.
INTO Giving is continuing to support Syrian refugee schoolchildren and teachers at the Jusoor School in 2017-18.
If you would like to know how to raise support for the Jusoor School, or indeed any of INTO Giving’s projects, please have a peek at the new INTO Giving How-to Kit, or get in touch with Naomi Cromby at firstname.lastname@example.org