Child Friendly Spaces in Lebanon

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The Pathways to Education program uses the successful Child Friendly Space model developed by AMURT over many years.

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Vulnerable out-of-school Syrian refugee children are provided a safe, nurturing environment where they can begin to overcome traumatic war experiences in order to rediscover their natural innocence and curiosity.

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Children are guided by teachers through a sequence of engaging activities designed to provide a reinforcing routine that employ various modalities in suitable physical spaces in the centre.

After some group games and energetic play, stretches and breathing help kids relax and concentrate.

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Simple techniques, like feeling an object or hand on their tummy, teach children healthy deep breathing which aids recovery from hyperactivity, aggression and other common symptoms of trauma.

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Given the right environment and care, children respond quickly. Within a few short weeks the incidence of anti-social behaviour falls dramatically in favour of cooperation, joy and a thirst for learning.

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The teacher’s role is immensely important. They are a pivotal role-model whose love, patience and positivity is gradually imparted to children.

 

 

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Healthy meals are served each day to all participants.

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Creative expression is encouraged through songs, drama, and arts and crafts.

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Children with disabilities also participate in the program.

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A blind child using sand-textured materials receives support from his teacher and another child.

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Kids line up to join one of the buses which will carry them safely home.

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Transport assistance is a vital need for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

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