Profile: The Al-Hadara School in Zeytinburnu educates 500 Syrian students in grades 1 through 12. Usama, the dedicated headmaster is committed to providing a high quality education for the future of his students. This is one of the new schools making a difference for Istanbul’s newest young residents, many who have missed years of schooling. Usama has rented the building for the school covering this cost and supplementing the teachers salaries with a small tuition fee.
The language of the curriculum is Arabic with classes in Turkish and English provided by Al-Hadara’s 24 teachers. Al-Hadara School, as most providing Syrian students education, is registered with the Turkish Ministry of Education and has a Turkish representative assigned to the school.
Some of the children live in the neighborhood but 7 service busses bring children from further afield. The school has small basic classrooms and the only area for expending energy between classes are the narrow hallways. The children are looking forward to the weather to warm up so they can visit a nearby community park.
The families were from a variety of educational and socio economic backgrounds in Syria. Since coming to Istanbul these differences are less clear and the many of the students are in dire need of the most basic items. At least 50 students have lost one parent, mostly fathers.
Progress: Last month 3 enthusiastic 7th grade students from Koc School raised funds for 2 laptop computers and a large printer and 15 shoeboxes full of treats and hygiene items. Usama tells us he was so excited he couldn’t sleep when he heard that we would be bringing the computers. Fifteen of the neediest students were called to the office and we watched there faces turn from panicked to beaming as we opened the boxes and gave them the gifts. We were told afterwards the kids thought they were being called to the office for vaccinations and were happily surprised.
We also had a generous donation from Irmak School’s second grade. The children had knitted scarves, sold them and with the profit bought 5 boxes of brand new coats, shoes, and accessories from a popular Turkish clothing store. Usama again chose children who were the most in need as recipients of these adorable, useful, winter items. The children’s faces shone with gratitude and appreciation. It meant so much, to the children at Al-Hadara School, that kids they had never met were thinking of them and cared.
Through Turkey Volunteers 6 children were sponsored to attend school through the end of the school year at about 150Tl (US$50)/month. This important donation was provided by mainly Australian and Dutch contributors. We are looking forward to supporting more children through a scholarship fund in the 2016/17 school year.
Education Initiative - Al-Hadara School:
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