After being passed by the National Assembly and the Senate, the “Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018” went into effect this past weekend with the assent of the acting President of Pakistan. The historic measure provides comprehensive protections for transgender people across several important aspects of life, including employment, education, healthcare, housing, public transportation, and a host of other areas.
Mohamad left Hama, Syria, two years ago after the regime abducted his mother twice for her activism and threatened to kill her. The family ended up Beirut in Lebanon, safe but destitute.
Mohamad says, “I didn’t go for school for two years, but when I started learning photography it ended the emptiness in my life – it helped me express myself and show people how I live.”
Mohamad’s own lack of formal education made him realise how sorely the children in the camp missed going to school. Not just so they could learn, but also so they could hang out together, exchange ideas and have their own community. He wanted to open a school in the Bekaa Valley refugee camp, but knowing no adult would take a 12-year-old seriously, he outlined his ideas in a proposal and got his family to refine it and his mother to put her name on it.
NGO funding was approved, and the school doors opened in the summer of 2014. They started with more than 100 students, managed by just four teachers. Today, the school has some 200 pupils, some as young five, and also teaches adult literacy and – of course – photography.
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Photo: Mohamad Al Jounde
Sinan, herself displaced by violence, created a safe spaces for refugee and displaced children in Iraq.
access the toolkit used by Sinan, created by the International Rescue Committee, to create a Safe Healing and Learning Space
UNHCR and Google to launched the site to answer the five most common questions about the Syrian refugee crisis: “what was Syria like before the war?”; “what is happening in Syria?”; “who is a refugee?”; “where are Syrian refugees going?”; and “how can I help Syrian refugees?” The site includes stories of people who have been displaced by the six-year war and statistics detailing scope of its devastation. It is available in English, French, German and Spanish; an Arabic version is coming soon.
This report is the first of a three-part series addressing the urgent issue of access to education for Syrian refugee schoolchildren in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. The series will examine the various barriers preventing Syrian children from accessing education and call on host governments, international donors, and implementing partners to mitigate their impact in order to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children.
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“Because most had no formal education beyond grammar school, Arnstein noted that nursing curriculum was taught “in simple terms” and emphasized practical experience over theory and terminology. The head nurses of the training program hoped they could eventually garner formal accreditation so that anyone who finished the program would be licensed to practice nursing after leaving the camps — at the time, nursing students in refugee camps were only able to treat patients because they were “emergency nurses” operating by necessity in wartime. MERRA officials agreed that it was best for children in refugee camps to have regular routines. Education was a crucial part of that routine.”