More than 65 million people, half of whom are children, have been forcibly uprooted from their homes by war and persecution worldwide. This is considered the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. The Free Education Library for Syrians (FELS) tackles the challenge of the millions of young Syrians who face the real possibility of being among a lost generation by providing access to meaningful quality learning.
Children and adolescents under the age of 24 make up 50% of the more than 65 million global refugees today. Displaced and disrupted, these young people who are full of potential lack access to strong learning resources, effective teachers and ways to enrich their learning through connection. Young Syrians around the world face the real possibility that they will emerge as the lost generation. FELS will provide Syrian refugees of all ages access to continued learning.
FELS, which builds upon the success of OLE's TIGER program at Za'atari, will provide Syrian refugees in their host country a repository of learning resources that will enable their continued learning of Syrian educational content, along with resources to pursue career pathways as well as guides helping refugees of all ages adjust to life in their host country. FELS is recognized by MIT Solve (https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/refugee-education) as one of the best solutions for refugee education.
FELS is a model for handling disruptions of poverty and violence. It is a learning management system with a repository of resources, courses and career pathways to enable quality learning and an opportunity to build a personal sense of agency, meaning and connection. With FELS, OLE is focused on the millions of Syrian refugees throughout the world. We are piloting the program in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and upon proof of concept will distribute globally.