Inside math class at Save the Children - UNICEF drop in center in Za'atari Refugee camp.
One of the students, Mesh'al, is a Syrian refugee from Hrak City,16 years old and living in Za’atari Camp in Jordan. Like many boys in Za’atari he has not gone to school since moving here and work transporting people's groceries across the massive camp home to over 80,000 refugees. He visits a drop in school operated in partnership with UNICEF and Save the Children where he learns Arabic, math and hair dressing.
"I was in the 7th grade back in Syria and bombing happened and other stuff. We came to Jordan. I must be in the 10th grade now but I didn't study, I worked on a wheelbarrow to support my family. If I go to school there will be no one to support them. The work is exhausting. When I was little I loved to read. and wanted to become a teacher. But now if I want to go to school I will go back to 5th or 6th grade. I became old now Its not going to work. In my free time I go to the child's club. I am learning hairdressing. I love hairdressing cause its good and beautiful and you won't make your clothes dirty. To me hairdressing is a profession, it will remain for my future. But mathematics and arabic will remain mine. If I learn them, they will remain mine. Inshallah, I am planning to become successful Tomorrow in the future I will open up a shop and I will have this profession. “ - Mesh'al
In Jordan, of the estimated 220,000 school-aged Syrian refugee children
registered by UNHCR, only 130,000 enrolled in the public school system in
camps and host communities. While 30,000 children attended various forms of informal education, leaving approximately 60,000 not accessing any form of learning.