Education and Resilience for children and youth in Idlib by supporting Secondary Education

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Education and Resilience for children and youth in Idlib by supporting Secondary Education

A unique first step for Olive Branch and its partner.  For the school year 2020-2021, we are going to improve access and quality of secondary education in NW Syria as part of resilience building for children and youth in that war-torn corner of Syria. 5 secondary schools will be upgraded benefiting 1,500 students and 50 teachers. A further 400 youth of Grade 12 will be supported with in-class tutoring while about 50 of them will receive distance support via OB’s distance learning platform.

Funded by the European Union as part of No Lost Generation program, this is the first instance of supporting Secondary Education in the NW Syria for the partner and Olive Branch alike. The project outputs include improvement to school conditions, provision of materials (furniture, equipment, textbooks, stationery), pedagogic training for the teachers and awareness raising sessions for the parents; tutorial classes, and exam support for G12 out-of-school youth.    Through this intervention, the school children will benefit from improved classroom activity and quality education programme while the out-of-school youth who have completed the requisite for secondary education will benefit from the tuition classes to improve their chances of passing the final exams, and thereby the chances of going to higher education.    The impact of this project is to be seen in terms of their confidence and capacity to contribute meaningfully to their communities.

The project targets 5 secondary schools in Harim and Idleb districts of Idleb province for refurbishment and light repair to the buildings.  In addition, the schools will be provided with the necessary materials and equipment to improve the conditions and training to the teachers in order to improve the overall quality of their pedagogic skills.   Tutoring classes will be provided in suitably refurbished sites, 4 of them, in targeted locations to support the out-of-school youth.  They will be provided with the required educational materials and stationery items, and also be reimbursed with their exam fees which are paid to the education authorities of the areas.

The project is kicked off in September 2020 and will run till June of 2021.