Ecole Yalla! à Karam Zeitoun

De mars à juillet 2014, Yalla! a ouvert une école informelle accueillant 50 enfants syriens réfugiés dans le quartier de Karam Zeitoun à Beyrouth. L’équipe pédagogique, composée d’une directrice des études libanaise et de trois professeurs syriens réfugiés, ont remis à niveau 50 enfants syriens réfugiés en arabe, mathématiques et anglais.

Les enfants également ont bénéficié d’activités psycho-pédagogiques, animés par des bénévoles syriens, qui leur ont permis de se développer dans un environnement serein. Chaque jour, des ateliers de dessins et de chants, ainsi que des cours de sport ont participé à leur épanouissement. Par ailleurs, ils ont eu l’occasion de s’exprimer et développer leur imaginaire, grâce à un atelier d’expression orale et écrite animée par un psychiatre-poète durant deux mois.

Beirut - Lebanon - 2 June 2014 French non-governmental organization, Yalla Pour Les Enfants Syriens, provides Syrian refugee children schooling at the Nazarene Church in Beirut, Lebanon on Monday, June 2, 2014. The NGO, a brainchild of Charlotte Bertal, was created in conjunction with her family in July of 2013 after Syrian friends from her studies in Damas alerted her of the educational gap in humanitarian aid. Securing funding and a location proved to be a greater issue in Beirut, but was finalized when the school opened in March of this year. "A lot of them work. They are helping their parents by selling stuff on the street; chewing gum, tissues, etc. Some of them are working in restaurants. Some of them are working crazy hours. I met a 12-year-old who worked from eight in the morning until eight in the evening delivering food from a restaurant." said Bertal. "The other children spend all day in one room watching TV, doing nothing. They hear the stories of their parents. They talk about the war, about having no money. When they go to school, they can be themselves. They can be children. It's really important for them to have this balance four days a week, four hours a day. During those four hours, they can breathe." Photos par Amy Leang

Photo : Amy Leang