This project focuses on providing literacy and quality education for 100 disadvantaged girls and boys affected by war and ever-growing poverty in Aleppo, Syria. At-risk young people attending public schools, and vocational or university courses, are funded and mentored to ensure school retention, literacy and future livelihood. Today, 86% of Syrian live below the poverty line. Even if public education is free, it is out of reach for many. Through your support, we can give Aleppo children hope.
Over a decade of war, international sanctions, and the pandemic have destroyed this once-prosperous country. Illiteracy affects over 50% of the population, as millions of children and young adults have totally or partially missed out on education. Lack of financial resources is the biggest obstacle to accessing education. Government schools and universities are free, but transportation, the cost of books, materials, support lessons, and exam taxes can be insurmountable obstacles to many.
Crete For Life and the Blue Marists, active in Aleppo for decades, focus on supporting disadvantaged children of any religion. This project provides individual scholarships to students aged 6 to 15 by covering transportation, extra tuition, and other expenses to ensure they reach the necessary level of education. Moreover, boys and girls aged 15 to 18 are supported to achieve the required marks to apply to university. This project also helps university students in completing their courses.
Education is the key to the future for those affected by years of hardship and trauma. Schools are safe places for reopening the dialogue interrupted by war. The opportunity to study can be a motivation not to emigrate abroad. The danger of indoctrination to the less educated is still very real in society. Young girls and boys can equally hope for a better future that includes digital literacy and foreign languages. Only the opportunity to study can bring peace and a brighter future.
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