In 2014, UNRWA and Digital Explorer piloted the idea of connecting Palestine Refugee students from Syria in UNRWA schools in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with their peers in the UK, to promote solidarity, understanding and highlight the degradation of education in Syria.


Meet some of the students who participated in 2014

Displaced by the ongoing conflict, Ayat is a Palestine refugee who lives in an UNRWA school converted in a temporary shelter in Damascus. Her dream is to become an engineer so that she can one day rebuild her home and the neighbourhood she grew up in. Craig lives in Barking, Essex, and is a student at Eastbury Comprehensive School, which he likes because it is multicultural and diverse. He and his classmates believe that education is the most important thing in their lives right now and will help them achieve their goals.
Millie is a 13 year old student in Westminster, London. She believes it’s important to share her story with others and learn about their lives. Her dream is to become a defense lawyer to ‘help people in bad situations’. Mohammad is a Palestine refugee from Syria who left Syria for Lebanon because of the war. Mohammad loves school and would like to take his teacher back to Damascus when he returns with his family. His dream is to work oversees to escape discrimination.
Myrn is a student in Hackney, East London, and wants to become a professional athlete. He believes that his opinion matters ‘because ideas can come from anyone and all it takes is one idea to help everything flourish’. Sami is a Palestine refugee from Syria who has fled the war in Syria to Jordan. Sami attends school in the winter and works in the summer to help support his family. His summer job has made him appreciate the importance of education as he sees it as a sure way to make a financially sound living.

Highlights from the Skype calls

Haifa/Al-Majdal School, Damascus, Syria & Greycoats Hospital School, London, UK

“I think this would lead to a higher quality education for us all, because it gives us a wider understanding of other people’s lives in different countries other than our own” – Maya in London said reflecting on the exchange.

Classroom update: In the exchange, the students discussed the importance of having psycho-social support counsellors in schools. Each class chose to work on a student welfare project to contribute to the discussion on quality education.

Irbid Boys’ Prep School 1,Irbid, Jordan & Mossbourne Academy, East London, UK

“We learned about the issues they have and issues we have. Each of one of us has his own problems but they are also common between us” – Mohammad in Irbid, finding common ground in the group discussion.

Classroom update: During their Skype discussion, students talked about why education was important to them. They are focusing their project on how to personalise education. In Irbid, the students are working on improving the school environment as they think this will encourage students to learn better.

Haifa School, Beirut, Lebanon & Eastbury Comprehensive, Essex, UK

“Education in our country and every country is a human right… It helps us communicate with others, it gives us dignity, it gives us vision…” – Hoda in Beirut said as she describes the importance of education to her peers.

Classroom update: Our students in Beirut and Barking are exploring how the socio-political environments around their schools affect their education. In Beirut the students will survey their community to explore what makes quality education.

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