The Pathways to Education program uses the successful Child Friendly Space model developed by AMURT over many years.
Vulnerable out-of-school Syrian refugee children are provided a safe, nurturing environment where they can begin to overcome traumatic war experiences in order to rediscover their natural innocence and curiosity.
Children are guided by teachers through a sequence of engaging activities designed to provide a reinforcing routine that employ various modalities in suitable physical spaces in the centre.
After some group games and energetic play, stretches and breathing help kids relax and concentrate.
Simple techniques, like feeling an object or hand on their tummy, teach children healthy deep breathing which aids recovery from hyperactivity, aggression and other common symptoms of trauma.
Given the right environment and care, children respond quickly. Within a few short weeks the incidence of anti-social behaviour falls dramatically in favour of cooperation, joy and a thirst for learning.
The teacher’s role is immensely important. They are a pivotal role-model whose love, patience and positivity is gradually imparted to children.
Creative expression is encouraged through songs, drama, and arts and crafts.
Children with disabilities also participate in the program.
A blind child using sand-textured materials receives support from his teacher and another child.
Kids line up to join one of the buses which will carry them safely home.
Transport assistance is a vital need for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.