In 2015, Palestine Refugee students in Syria partnered with students at schools in London and Brussels to explore how education can help them meet their future aspirations and develop the skills needed to advocate for their own education and future.


Meet some of the students who participated in 2015

Originally from Italy but now living in Belgium, Aurelio attends the European School IV. The student body is made up of students from many different countries. As a result, respect is an important value promoted by the school. Aurelio believes that he needs to pursue his aspirations and study hard to reach his ambitions. Originally from Yarmouk and internally displaced many times, Hamza now lives with his mother and sister in Homs. For him, school is a source of stability. His teachers are like his friends who support him in his artistic pursuits. He hopes to one day become an architect, where he can apply his drafting skills.
Hafsa is one of five girls in her family. Her favourite aspect of school is the team-building projects, such as the garden she and her classmates cultivated on the roof of their school. The project presented the opportunity for students to learn to work with one another. Having lost her father in the conflict and now living alone with her mother, Eliya finds relief when playing the guitar. For her, school is a place of stability and where she can make friends. As one of her friends says, education is a cornerstone to achieve her personal goals.
Mushfique is from Bow in East London. He explains that life in Britain is not always easy because of crime and homelessness. For him, school is important as he thinks it can help him improve his lifestyle. He hopes to become a doctor as he enjoys science and helping people. Having returned to her home in Qabr Essit camp where UNRWA rebuilt the Alma/Yarmouk School, Doha’s home is an island of safety, despite the damages it incurred during fighting in the area. Her favourite part of school is the psychosocial activities where she finds relief from the stress of the conflict.

Highlights from the Skype calls


Al Ramleh-Ramleh/Al-Shajarah School, Homs, Syria & European School IV, Brussels, Belgium

Odai in Homs told students in Brussels that “Education is very important because it helps us build our future and fulfil our dreams”

Classroom update: The My Voice-My School virtual classroom exchanges kicked off in Homs first, with Palestine refugee students discussing the value of education with their peers in Belgium.


Alma/Yarmouk School, Qabr Essit, Syria & Bow School, London, UK

“The experience was exciting though it was hard at the beginning. I was glad to meet people from a different country. It was my first time using this kind of technology. I developed my conversation skills and learned about communicating with others” – Nisreen in Qabr Essit on using Skype in the classroom for the first time.

Classroom update: The students got the chance to meet their peers at their partner school and find out about education and life in another country.


Palestine School, Damascus, Syria & Oaklands School, London, UK

“My education is pretty good but I find difficulty understanding some school subjects. The large number of students in each class prevents us sometimes from hearing the teachers well and understanding what they are saying.” Anas from Palestine School, Damascus.

Classroom update: Students from the Palestine School in Damascus, reflect on their own education experience and how it meets the UN Global Goal of a Quality Education for all before their call with Oaklands School, London.

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