Our Antakya centre ran a 10-month maths programme for Adolescent Syrian Refugees. They attended intensive workshops on Saturdays and Sundays throughout this period.
These pupils attend Turkish schools and all their education has been in Turkish since they arrived here from Syria. Many have missed years of education due to displacement inside Syria and here in Turkey.
It is common for adolescents who have experienced war to suffer from depression, low self-esteem and a lack of vision for their futures. Although the focus of these workshops is to accelerate learning and prepare these students for university applications the benefits of meeting weekly in a small group helped nurture their friendships and ambition, enabled them to see that there is a positive pathway for their futures.
We paid a small allowance for each of these pupils to attend and focus on their studies (enabling them to give up part-time low paid work at weekends – which they all need to do to support basic family’s incomes.) Firefly International has also linked these students to SYE which is based in America and provides mentoring for further education opportunities.
These workshops were in addition to four homework sessions a week which were conducted through group what app learning led by their teacher, our programmes manager, Ustaz Tarrafa. The classes were conducted in Arabic and impact was measured closely in collaboration with their school maths teacher.
Following our monitoring and impact evaluation, we hope to continue this class next year, as this group is entering the last 2 years of school and starting Baccalaureate studies. Depending on our fundraising, we hope to open a second class for new pupils.