Life in the Syrian Zaarati refugee camp is just unimaginable, more than 151,000 children have been born as refugees from 2011 and five years on, these innocent children have been brought up around constant violence and desperation for a better life (#ChildrenofSyria, 2016).
Education is a fundamental human right and the longer that the children including girls, stay out of school the more at risk they become. There are more than 250,000 refugee children and more than half of them are out of school, some have attended school and some may never step into a classroom (#ChildrenofSyria, 2016).. The huge influx of refugees has put an enormous strain on the entire economy, there is not adequate infrastructure, public services, teachers, water, waste collection and with the continual growth it is only going to get worse.
There is also the risk of travelling to school, parents are scared of letting their children, especially girls walk out of the house due to the chaos and violence that occurs everyday. However without education not only will the individual suffer but the entire population will be at risk.
For the girls, who do not have access to an education are at yet a more extreme disadvantage, the rate of teenage marriage and pregnancy increases significantly, in developing countries 1 every 3 girls are married before 18 years of age, and pregnancy is the leading cause of death for girls aged between 15 and 19!
We left our country and our homes and now they don’t even have an education or a future.
—Jawaher, North Lebanon, December 1, 2015
What are we going to do about this?
Without education the poverty cycle continues, and children are faced with no future. I believe girls have the potential to create change amongst poverty, therefore I am going to create a future learning space for refugee girls in Zaarati where they are valued and their voices will be heard. The learning space will be about developing an e-space with the world around them and a classroom where they are safe and protected.
‘Dont put limits to your imagination’ we can all help make a difference’.
#ChildrenofSyria, (2016, March 14) 1 in 3 Syrian children have grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point- UNICEF. Retrieved from http://childrenofsyria.info/2016/03/14/1-in-3-syrian-children-have-grown-up-knowing-only-crisis-as-conflict-reaches-5-year-point-unicef/