Building Bridges for Every Child

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Building Bridges for Every Child
Your presence in this moment means the world to us – it’s the spark that ignites hope and transforms dreams into reality. Your support is invaluable. Join us in our mission to create a space where every child feels not just seen, but truly understood, valued, and empowered to learn and grow. At Goodwill International School, we’ve been on an incredible journey toward inclusivity and empowerment, while spearheading the best practices of the Finnish system in Lebanon. This initiative exemplifies our unwavering commitment and vision to fostering respect, empathy and community within our school. But to make this vision a reality, we need your help. We’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise USD 83,000 for this project: a multi-purpose room designed to support students with diverse learning needs. This room will be a hub for learning, creativity, and therapy from a range of psycho-social and educational professionals. Consequently, it will benefit a significant portion of our student body (20% of the total). As such, your generosity will not only fund the construction of the room, but will provide essential human and physical resources such as sensory materials and equipment. This will, in turn, assist parents who may struggle with the high cost of therapy, enable therapists to collaborate with teachers and parents, and empower teachers to better support their students by allowing them to remain in main-stream schooling. This service is crucial not only for students with learning difficulties, but also for their parents, in light of the ongoing challenges in Lebanon. Your contribution, no matter the size, will make a meaningful impact. As a token of our gratitude, if you choose to fully fund this project, the sensory room will bear your name – a lasting tribute for your compassion and dedication to our community. Thank you for considering our cause. Thank you for being a force for positive change. And most importantly, thank you for being a member of our cherished school family. Together, let us create a space where every child can thrive individually in a place where all abilities are celebrated.

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Syrian Refugees Straddling Language in Lebanon

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Syrian Refugees Straddling Language in Lebanon
Hello Friends and Family! The Syrian Civil War has led millions of refugees to move abroad (UNHCR, 2020). Lebanon currently hosts around 1.7 million Syrian refugees (Al-Jazeera, 2021). Syrian refugees in Lebanon are struggling to survive amid one of the worst socioeconomic crises (UNHCR, 2021). Syrian refugees also survived the Beirut Harbor explosion on August 4th of 2020 which is the third largest non-nuclear blast in the world. Thus, nine out of ten Syrian refugees are living in extreme poverty (UNHCR, 2021). As noted by the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2020, there are around 488,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon aged three to eighteen years old (UNHCR, 2020). Yet, only half of the 488,000 Syrian refugees are registered in the Lebanese public schools (UNHCR, 2020). Syrian refugee children face a number of challenges in public schools in Lebanon. One of the main challenges in the education system in Lebanon is the language of instruction used in classes. Even though Lebanon’s national language is Arabic, the language of instruction in almost all schools is either French or English (Shuayb et al., 2014). On the other hand, the school curriculum in Syria is taught in Arabic. This means that Syrian refugees are coming to a new country, to new schools having to learn in a foreign language. Language of instruction is the base of the student’s understanding in class. Hence, Syrian refugees being literate in English and French is very important to ensure that they are learning and benefiting from their education. After conducting a 9-month literature review in the University of California Los Angeles, titled Straddling Language in Public Schools: A Critical Literature Review on Refugees in Lebanon, findings have stated that with the current implementation of language learning, language acts as a barrier to career goals, completing school, and attending post-secondary institutions (Dodd et al, 2022). Students are facing most difficulties in the scientific and mathematical subjects because these subjects are taught purely in the foreign languages. Syrian students now have phobias of the foreign language and that this psychological effect is affecting their performance and participation in class. There are many cases of students dropping-out, getting married, or even working because of the difficulties they are facing when learning in Lebanon. This has been the case for eleven years now. Action should be taken now, as many refugees are losing years not benefitting in schools in Lebanon and dropping out to get married or work. We cannot lose a generation to the lack of proper education. Thus, after researching on the proper methods of teaching Syrian refugees in Lebanon, we are opening the Foreign Language Program for Syrian Refugees (FLP). Where = Burj el Barajneh Refugee Camp. Target = 1,000 students. Starting date = Summer 2022 Providing = 1. Hosting one-on-one tutoring sessions using the Arabic Language. 2. Hosting weekly English enrichment classes applying a curriculum based on what was learnt in this literature review. The donations raised will be for space rental, transportation, resources, printing, stationary, and expanding the program to be able to reach as many refugees as possible. We are asking for your help. Help us educate 1,000 kids in Lebanon. Help these kids benefit from their education. These kids are at no fault of their own to being in such a situation. We cannot lose a generation to the lack of proper education. Let us fight for the right to education.

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