Syrian children attending a class at a Jusoor center. (Photo courtesy of Jusoor)
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This is the gap Jusoor, an NGO founded by Syrian expatriates, attempts to close with its education program providing remedial courses for refugee children from five to 14 years old.Ammar began in Jusoor as a volunteer teacher after coming to Lebanon in 2013 from war-torn Damascus, and feels proud of the students she works with. Education, she says, is the most important thing for these refugees to have a better life. The country hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees, but years of war have left the children unprepared for the requirements of the Lebanese system. It can take up to a year and a half to get the children ready for Grade 1 in the Lebanese system but since the main goal is to get each student enrolled in a Lebanese public school, no child is in a Jusoor center for more than two years, according to Suha Tutunji, director of the education program. Transitioning away from Jusoor, though, is difficult for both parents and students. Jusoor's program attempts to go beyond just education for Syrians and show why these children are so valuable.
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