Many of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Turkey are living in very difficult conditions, and have little access to treatment for the trauma they experienced during war and displacement. In fact, their psychological state is being worsened by social and educational exclusion. Our Peace Education program was launched in response to this situation, and it seeks to provide recreational and creative activities to refugee children.
The sessions help the children to express themselves creatively, release stress, and enhance their cooperation with their peers, aiming to increase their resilience. These sessions are also based on particular themes, including: self-expression and self-confidence, personal identity, personal boundaries, social identities, communication and dialogue, conflict, the rights of the child, and gender equality. The curriculum was designed by Basmeh & Zeitooneh, and is based on a wealth of on-the-ground experience in this area.