THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!
We are now only 37 days away from the summer camp. On 7 July 2014 we will open our doors to hundreds of students to offer them a rigorous and fun summer camp. We are excited by the opportunities and possibilities in and outside of the classroom with our students, but we need your support to accomplish this!
Help us implement the summer camp and consider pledging a generous gift to support the educational empowerment of Palestinian refugee youth!
SHINE (Summer Help In English) offers students a productive and safe space during their summer vacation to strengthen their English language proficiency, while simultaneously exploring various recreational skills. In addition, students go on weekly field trips that nurture and foster students' mental, physical, and social growth at a pivotal stage in their lives. Some of these activities include yoga, photography, videography, debke (a Palestinian folkloric dance), theater, social media, poetry, creative writing, among many others. LEAP recruits volunteers to teach English, as well as lead recreational activities while living and working in the refugee camps. In turn, our volunteers learn about the Palestinian refugee reality in general, but particularly in Lebanon. Volunteers and students share a mutual learning and sharing experience. Upon return to their home communities, volunteers are required to organize events to raise awareness and amplify the voices of Palestinian refugees.
Adolescents face a number of social pressures and adult-like responsibilities. SHINE allows them to be children, while also re-inspiring their thirst for knowledge. English is an essential skill because students must take a national exam for promotion to high school, which is administered in English. LEAP's SHINE project aims to remedy these impediments and advance youth through our intensive and fun summer project, which promises to make students feel more confident, happy, and accomplished. 90% of youth expressed that their English proficiency improved and they felt more confident in English, while 98% indicated that they intend to participate in SHINE again.
This summer LEAP will implement its summer camp to over 600 students in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. From this group, close to half of the students are Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS) as well as Syrian refugee youth who are eager to participate since they have limited opportunities offered to them. PRS youth are particularly vulnerable due to the lack of services and opportunities offered to PRS families in general. Moreover, lack of English proficiency is the primary reason close to half a million Syrian refugee and PRS students living in Lebanon are not in school receiving formal education. The educational system in Syria does not require English acquisition, thus refugee-students from Syria are unprepared for the Lebanese educational system and unable to keep up. As the Syria refugee crisis enters its fourth year, it is essential these students are supported to enroll in school and get back on track. LEAP will foster this gap and help students advance their English proficiency so they are more prepared to attend schools in Lebanon and enroll in formal education.
Thank you for your time and support and solidarity in advance.
With gratitude and appreciation,
The LEAP Family
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student mural, Shatila camp
class instruction, Rashidieh