AUGUST/2020

Ten new libraries to ensure love for reading and more reading time for most vulnerable children

After schools’ closure due to confirming the first case of Covid-19 in the region, Hurras Network equipped 10 libraries within the schools in Azaz and its countryside, in order to ensure a distinct return for children.This was done with the support of and cooperation with the Directorate of Education in Killis, Turkey, and the Syrian Education Directorate in Azaz. The equipment for each library includes: foam floors, tables and chairs, closet and stationery, educational games, and a first aid kit.

Ismail Hamami, our office manager in Azaz, says: “These libraries are safe spaces for children and aim to create an environment that encourages them to learn and read.”Hundreds of children are expected to benefit from the libraries during the next school year.

Hundreds of children in northern Syria have been deprived of education due to nine years of war and displacement. Their schools have been destroyed, so we have to strive to return these children to their natural place in the best possible way.

Behaviour change communication and outreach despite COVID-19

After confirming cases of Covid-19 virus in the north and northwest of the country, the awareness teams of Hurras Network strengthen their activities, in educating people about the dangers of the virus and the most important child protection risks that may appear in light of the outbreak of the pandemic.

Hurras Network conducted several awareness campaigns during the month of August, the most important of which was the awareness campaign in a child-friendly language on the negative effects of child labor on the physical and psychological health of the child. Child labor has increased at high rates in Syrian societies, especially after the decline in the price of the Syrian pound and the deterioration of the economic conditions of families in northwestern Syria.

Muhammad Al-Abdullah and Jumana from the psychological support and awareness team in charge of implementing the campaigns, Jumana says: “The campaign addresses the types of child labor and explains in a simple way the consequences of labor on children and its negative effects on their survival and development.

The campaign is considered one of the components of the emergency child protection response directed at displaced people and children affected by crises to strengthen the surrounding protection system and build the capacities of community actors to protect the most vulnerable children and protect the rights of children during crises and wars”.

The awareness team managed to reach 3,480 children and adults in the two campaigns on child rights and awareness of the dangers of child labor during the month of August.

All our teams working on the ground are intensifying their efforts to confront this pandemic, and to spread awareness as much as possible about how to prevent it and avoid protection risks facing children in light of its spread.

THE EFFECTS OF HAZARDOUS LABOR & THE WORST FORM OF LABOR ON CHILDREN

Distance PSS , a unique experience with validated outcomes

Today, the children of the world suffer from loneliness and isolation due to the closure of schools, and the children of northern Syria in particular suffer from double psychological pressure due to difficult living conditions after years of war and continuous displacement. It is very important to reactivate all the psychological support teams of civil society organizations to play their role in supporting these children. The psychological support teams of the Child Guardians have intensified their psychological support efforts and devised a method that fits with the isolation measures after the discovery of the first case of COVID-19 in northern Syria.

Remote psychological support is a unique experience that has proven effectiveness, according to Ahlam’s father who says:“My daughter Ahlam, and after a break from school for more than a month and staying in our humble tent with the intense heat, she lost her desire to play and draw, as she and her siblings had to drop out of education several times due to the frequent displacement that our family was subjected to due to the targeting of our house. After Ahlam joined the psychological support sessions that are conducted by Hurras Networks’ teams, she has been preparing every day for the session. I could see her laugh with her siblings while they performed their activities. Today, Ahlam is able to draw again, which helps her to spend quality time during the long boring day we live in the camps.”

Psychological support teams were able to draw a smile for nearly 57,000 children during the emergency response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Exceptional work for exceptional children Continues

“When Abd al-Hay went to the center, he was going to a place he loved so much. He would wake up early at six o’clock to prepare himself. The moments of waiting are difficult for Aboudeh, but also these are many precious moments for him. However, as the first case of Covid-19 was discovered, the program of Abd al-Hay changed to be at home. Aboudeh felt very upset due to the change of his routine, he was no longer going to the place he loved. He was psychologically affected negatively, but the continued support of Miss Banan eased a lot. He started arranging the house and waiting for her every day with a notebook and a pen”.

 “In addition to the frequent visits of his teacher, Abd al-Hay’s education continued through the Disability Inclusion Group on the WhatsApp application with his friends. The truth was that I was concerned that Aboudeh would behave or interact negatively with the group, but the surprise was his positive interaction and commitment to the teacher’s instructions. Praise be to God, my child has will and confidence in his teachers.” . Abd al-Hay’s mother.

During August, the special education team at Hurras Network was keen to ensure the continuity of supporting the education of 27 children with disabilities, and they also worked on integrating 17 children with disabilities into education groups, while adhering to the individual plan for each child during the month of August.

Miss Dalal and Distance Education - Covid 19

Since the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Idlib, schools have been closed by a decision of the Education Directorate to preserve students’ health, and education has moved to distance education.
Child Guardians supports children and follow up on their education in Idlib and the countryside of Aleppo districts, where an electronic learning platform has been established in coordination with the Manahel Project and several partner organizations, so that first-grade to fifth-grade students can continue their education in 118 schools.
Approximately 18,000 children continued to receive distance education out of 33,000 children who had been reached by Child Guardians teams at schools, due to the collapse of infrastructure after 9 years of bombing and the difficulty of providing the Internet to children and their families.

Miss Dalal -one of our teachers- says: “The hearts that students send to me after every class are what drive me to continue my work!”“When a child lives in an atmosphere of fear and instability frequently, it is important to maintain the routine as much as possible because of its importance to help the child cope and recover in a proper way.” “Bara’a, one of my previous students, who has been out of education for years due to frequent displacement. However, as we educate online now, I was able to communicate with her family and she was able to join our virtual classroom.”

The distance education program is one of Child Guardians’ programs within the education sector to ensure that children get the necessary routines to maintain their mental health. The aim of the program is to ensure the continuation of the educational process despite the tragic circumstances in which they live. Child Guardians were able to reach 9,259 girls and 10,293 children in August 2020.