Improved Educational Opportunities and Resilient Communities in Dar’a, Syria
The conflict in Syria has inflicted an almost unimaginable degree of devastation and loss on the Syrian people, and the social and economic impact of the conflict is still growing. A lack of access to health care, education, housing, and food have exacerbated the effects of the conflict, and pushed millions of people into unemployment and poverty.
Children with disabilities are neglected in the society, and caregivers lack knowledge on children’s rights. Since many children have been out of school for years, it is hard for them to join basic education. Social cohesion needs strenghtehing as there is tension between the host communities and the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the returnees.
Improving children’s access to education
Fida’s Country Programme aims to improve the rights of children and youth in vulnerable situations. Fida partners with the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). MECC and Fida have previously had a successful cooperation in humanitarian action in the Dar’a region, and the partner is well known in Syria, with good access to the communities.
Promoting inclusive education and environmental sustainability
The Country Programme includes teacher training on child-led teaching methods and inclusive education. Children and youth receive psychosocial support. Youth with disabilities are offered vocational training. Mothers access health awareness trainings to sustain the wellbeing of their families.
Families receive support in improving food security and training on environmental sustainability. Jobs are created through vocational training and by providing small business start-up grants.