Olive Branch Education Platform in NW Syria

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With support of our European partner, this project aims to enhance the capacity of Kafr Takharim community to better cope with the impacts of conflict and reduce exposure of women, girls, men, boys to violence.  A short but high impact intervention targets 450 (120 children) beneficiaries to benefit from Child Protection and GBV Awareness, Life Skills and Mental Resilience, and Mine Risk Awareness activities.   Coming as it is during the COVID lockdown period, some of the planned activities are conducted online using Olive Branch online platform.

The community of 75,000 of whom 13,500 are children under 18 suffer from lack of support in all aspects of life

Due to the pandemic, specialists were trained on the online platform and the children and adult beneficiaries were given access to the platform to have interactive sessions on Recreational, PSS, Sports, Art and Culture activities, and awareness sessions on GBV, CP and Mine Risks.   Children activities included a puppet theatre based on Friends Adventures Series, a drawing session titled ‘Uncle Artist’, and a clay pottery show by an expert pottery teacher.

 

The project has just concluded having overcome a lot of challenges due to the Covid-19 outbreak, not least the technological and technical issues on the ground.  The project team had to deploy the online platform and adapt the planned activities to be carried out online.  Olive Branch and the partner are now conducting the post-project review and assessing the outcomes of the intervention.