In the last month of the project “Safe Access to Formal and Informal Education for Students”, Watan seeks to form PTA committees in 9 schools, appointing a committee chairperson, a vice president, a treasurer, and secretary in each school, with the aim of supporting the educational process by involving stakeholders and the community in supporting schools. The project was carried out in each of the following camps: Qah, Atma, Tal Al-Karama, Dana, Salwa, Kafr Lusin, Hazrat, Bab Al-Hawa , and Deir Hassan.

As a result of schools closing to decrease the risk of covid-19 outbreaks based on the decision of the Directorate of Education last month, the education team is working remotely. The team is setting shift schedules for teachers and administrators, while taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of covid-19, and recording lessons and sending them to students via WhatsApp groups for each school grade. The method is the best option available inside Syria. The same method is applied for psychological support activities.

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Watan implemented the “Safe Access to Formal and Non-Formal Education for Students” project in coordination with the UNICEF and in partnership with Takaful Al-Sham Organization with the aim of providing formal and informal education for students aged from 5-17 years. In cooperation with the Directorate of Education in Idlib and through a needs assessment survey carried out by Watan teams, 9 educational centers were established in 9 camps. (Malik bin Anas, Al Hassan Al Basri, Ammar bin Yasir, Saeed bin Amer, Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib, Al Qadisiyah, Al Yarmouk, Tariq bin Ziyad, and Musab bin Omair). They were fully equipped with stationery and security and safety tools. These centers continue to provide enrolment education services and formal education services and provide psychological support services to all children.

The centres were provided with masks, sanitizers, and detergents to protect against Covid-19. The teachers were provided with bags containing stationery and teaching aids. In addition, each centre was provided with electronic devices (computers and printers) and monthly Internet costs to help school administrators. The schools are sterilized on a daily basis after students leave.

Watan presented special workshops for teachers in which the stages of preparing lessons were explained and educational methods to deliver information to students effectively were explained.

The “Back to School” campaign was implemented with the aim of encouraging camp students to join schools by distributing some incentive gifts to them. The campaign also aimed to provide awareness about preventative measures to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19. It also aimed to raise awareness of 126 workers about abuse and sexual exploitation.