The education program facilitates learning and acquiring knowledge, skills, and values. Education can take place in formal or informal settings.
Watan runs and supports schools in Syria and Turkey with the aim of contributing to the development of students' knowledge, personality, and trust, and helps identify, develop, and support unique talents and abilities.
The program mentors students through high school until they graduate from university. It provides many activities, such as student seminars, and workshops on how to pursue scholarship opportunities. Workshops have been established to promote cohesion between Syrian and Turkish students, to discuss their common causes, and to help overcome the challenges of integrating into the Turkish university environment.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
1. Formal education: Operating schools, school equipment, rehabilitation of school buildings and staff training.
2. Informal education: Integration projects, summer schools and extra-curricular activities.
3. Higher education: Syrian refugee university scholarships, social activities and language courses.
4. Developing life skills: Extra-curricular activities, including clubs, athletic activities and support with integrating internally displaced persons and refugees with the host communities.
The education program started in the beginning of 2012 in response to the urgent need for Syrian refugees and IDPs in Turkey and Syria to have access to a formal education. Since then, Watan has provided more than 800 Syrian children in Syria and 100 Syrian children in Turkey with formal education, catch-up classes, and psychosocial support. Later, Watan started work in Akkar, Lebanon, where we provided 350 Syrian refugees with formal education, in Tripoli where we provided 200 Syrian refugees with psychodrama center and in Homs, Syria, where we provided 750 Syrian children with formal education.
In 2015 our education program expanded according to the evolving needs of Syrian children in Turkey and Syria. The number of beneficiaries increased to more than 32,566 receiving formal education services and participating in the summer programs. We also expanded geographically to reach Idleb, Aleppo, and Turkey. The number of beneficiaries increased more in 2016 to reach more than 33,060 in Northern and Southern Rural of Idleb, Northern Rural of Aleppo and Turkey.
In 2017, the education program increased the number of beneficiaries to more than 16,000, providing service packages such as formal education, informal education, summer programs, recreational activities, voluntary campaigns, scholarships and psychosocial support.
PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY AND DIFFERENTIATORS
Watan has the ability to respond to emergencies in the education sector, especially in places where there is a significant influx of displaced persons, and hard-to-reach areas with stationary requirements and essential educational needs.
Watan continues to develop its education program by improving access to education and in 2019 aims to increase its support for more schools and scholarships for university students, as well as provide more specialized training for staff.
Watan's goals are to rebuild Syrian society by developing the educational landscape and preparing professional and trained teachers for education, inspiration, learning, and change. Watan recognizes that building the capacity of Syrian children through psychological and social support is of vital importance.
Watan's education program works strategically to achieve its objectives:
• We are distinguished by a strong network of partners.
• We have a deep understanding of Syrian society and its circumstances.
• We provide psychological support for children in schools through specialists in each institute.
• We provide training for all school staff to ensure high quality education.
• We provide summer programs and life skills activities.
Watan's education program has implemented projects in various locations to provide a bright future for Syrian youth.
• Idleb rural schools
• Schools in Northern Syria
• Qah School
• School in Turkey