Training Children to Build the Future Syria

Training Children to Build the Future Syria
Investigations | 08 Oct 2013

Anas Al-Khabir - Idlib "Hope and Peace" camp in Idlib is an initiative from the Centre for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. According to Nucha Kabawat, the program coordinator, the camp aims at helping Syrian children regain a sense of their childhood away from the atmosphere of war and death. Kabawat added that the camp is trying to encourage children to think about the future after the revolution. The instructors are dividing the participating children into groups and training them to think about the future Syria to shift their minds towards the idea of rebuilding and construction; such as building houses, hospitals, mosques, churches, police stations. Massa Al-Mufti, a specialist in education and interactive learning, told us that the camp activities are designed to contribute to the development of the children’s imaginative skills and creativity. The instructors are using dolls to create an interactive learning environment and are encouraging children to create and develop their own stories. Felicity, the art instructor, said that allowing the children to express their childhood through colourful drawings of nature is the best technique to take their minds away from everything that symbolizes war and death. According to the program directors, the creative use of games and colours could contribute to orienting the future generation towards rebuilding their country.


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