Attached to Learning

Sunday 1 November 2015

Ayed is a single father of three girls, who was forced to leave Syria during the conflict three years ago. “Arriving to Jordan was a relief to me and to my children, I knew that we were going to start a new life, but knowing that I couldn’t work in Jordan worried me, I was concerned about raising my daughters alone and being able to provide for them,” Ayed said.

After living in Amman for two years, Ayed was struggling to find a place for his children to learn. Ayed’s daughters, aged four, five and six are very attached to him and he is barley able to leave them alone. One day, as Ayed was redeeming his food voucher in a nearby supermarket, he noticed a poster by Save the Children about an educational centre for children. “I went to the location and learned about the activities they provide, the teachers and staff were very helpful and welcoming, I knew that my girls would be in a safe place here, without hesitation I signed them up,” Ayed said.

Together, Save the Children and Pearson support more than 1,400 Syrian refugee and host community children in Jordan. By opening two centres, children aged five to 13 benefit from a pleasant learning environment that promotes quality education, protection, life skills and wellbeing.

Ayed has been coming to the centre with his daughters everyday since July 2015, he has attended two ‘parent sessions’ at the centre where he learned the importance of parental support to children in education. “My daughters are more excited about learning than before, they are very excited to start going to school too, and have grown more attached to the centre than they are to me,” Ayed said.“They bring joy to my life, seeing them happy in the centre makes my day,” Ayed said.