Overcoming to Learn in Syria


Imagine being a child refugee—how would you get an education?

Each day, millions of girls around the world can’t step into a classroom. Instead, neglect, abuse, and poverty create seemingly insurmountable barriers to their education, resulting in about 496 million women who can’t read and write today. World Vision works in nearly 100 countries to help girls overcome these barriers so they can attend school, improve their lives, and help advance their communities.

Eight-year-old Jouri still has her report card from when she attended school in Syria—before she and her family had to flee because bombs dropped close to their home. Now they live as refugees in Lebanon. Jouri loves school and will do whatever it takes to continue her education. "When we first came to Lebanon, I started nagging over and over on my dad to register me in school, but he kept on telling me there is no place for me,” she says. World Vision launched education programs for Syrian refugee children to help them catch up what they’ve missed from being out of school and prepare them to attend formal schools when it’s possible. Jouri says, "Coming here [to World Vision's educational project] is the best thing that happened to me since we [left Syria].”

Written by Kristy J. O'Hara

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