The education program facilitates learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and values. Education can take place in formal or informal settings. WATAN runs schools in Syria and Turkey with the aim of contributing to the development of students' knowledge, personality and trust, and helps identify, develop and support unique talents and abilities.
The program mentor’s students through high school until they graduate from the university, by providing many supporting activities such as student seminars, information and ways to achieve scholarship opportunities. Workshops have been established to promote cohesion between Syrian and Turkish students, to discuss their common causes, as well as the challenges of integrating into the Turkish university environment.
Areas of Expertise
1. Formal education:
Operating schools, school equipment, rehabilitation of school buildings and staff training.2. Informal education:
Integration projects, summer schools and extra- curricular activities.3. Higher education:
Syrian refugee university scholarship, social activities and language courses.4. Developing life Skills:
Extracurricular activities- including clubs, athletic sports and support with integrating with the host community.
WATAN Program History
The program began in June 2012, with a cultural center in Rehanli, Turkey, to help 70 Syrian refugee children aged 6-18, weren't able to complete their education. In 2013, the center expanded into an independent school building. In the same year, the Qah School was launched and was the first project inside Syria with 500 beneficiaries. In 2014, both schools continued to operate with beneficiaries increasing to 250 in Rehanli and 700 beneficiaries in Qah, Syria.
WATAN Program Philosophy and Differentiators
WATAN has the ability to respond to emergencies in the education program, especially in places where there is a significant influx of displaced persons, and the availability of hard-to-reach areas with stationary requirements and essential educational needs.
WATAN continues to develop its education program by improving access to education and in 2017 aims to increase its support for more schools and scholarships for university students, as well as provide more specialized training for all staff.
WATAN's goals are to rebuild the Syrian society by developing the educational landscape and preparing professional and trained teachers for education, inspiration, learning and change. WATAN recognizes the building of the capacity of Syrian children through psychological and social support as vital importance.
WATAN works strategically to achieve its objectives:
• Distinguished by a strong network of partners.
• A deep understanding of the society and its circumstances.
• Provide psychological support for children in schools through specialists in each institute.
• Provide training for all school staff to ensure high quality education.
• Provide summer programs and life skills activities.
WATAN's education program has implemented a range of projects to provide a bright future for Syrian youth.