The Education program offers non-formal education and a variety of activities to community members of all ages living in Ritsona and Oinofyta camp. The purpose and aim of the different divisions within the program is to restore a sense of normality to people’s lives while countervailing fear, anxiety and frustration. In a setting where the individual is often forgotten and personal dreams and goals are put on hold, we aim to nurture ambitions, talents and skills of all who wish to participate in meaningful and stimulating classes and activities.
The pre-school serves the 2-5 year old population where they have both playtime activities and also basic learning activities. The daily schedule at the pre-school is broken down into 15-minute intervals where the children learn for 15 minutes and then play for 15 minutes. The space has been divided into four corners. Each corner is dedicated to either a learning or playtime activity and the children rotate from space to space. This allows for the children to learn basic discipline and time management, which better prepares them once they are 6 years old and go into formal education.
CHILDREN'S IT LEARNING PROGRAM
In October 2017 I AM YOU is welcoming a PhD researcher from the UK Open University. He is coming to Ritsona to design a project for IT and Technology education for displaced children, with the aim to increase interactivity in learning. We are looking forward to updating you all with the developments.
The adult education classes have continued its focus on developing language skills. The language classes are continuing, and have developed through curriculum for five different levels of English learning: ABC, Basic, Elementary, Intermediate, and English conversation. Additionally, we have classes for females only, in a safe space for women provided by the Red Cross, where the women have the opportunity to bring their children to the professional care of the Red Cross workers. In 2018 we are hoping to develop an up-skilling curriculum, with the aim to support the adult population in preparing for their future employment potential.
When some of the Ritsona residents expressed the desire to create a library, we jumped to help! Together with support from Lighthouse Relief, we sourced a container then began the hard labour of metal-grinding, painting, sanding, scrubbing to get it up and ready. It was launched in November 2016 with a system in place so that residents manage themselves with minimal support from us. The books are donations from all over the world, in multiple languages (principally Arabic and English) and for all ages. Now managed entirely by the resident community, it is a great source of entertainment for everyone and a calm place to take some time out.