In 2021, the devastating impact of displacement, compounded by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, has left displaced Syrian students in Lebanon with limited access to education, shattering their educational aspirations. However, in the face of these adversities, Jusoor’s High School Scholarship project has been a transformative force for many students at Tuyoor Al Amal School.
Providing a Lifeline in Times of Crisis
The High School Scholarship project was initiated, as part of our Scholarship Program, in response to the dire situation faced by Syrian students in Lebanon. These students, who had already lost years of vital learning due to the conflict in Syria, encountered numerous barriers hindering their access to education when the pandemic hit, and they were on the brink of dropout. Jusoor recognized the urgent need to provide a lifeline for these students, enabling them to continue their academic journey and prepare for their higher education.
The Inaugural Year: A Beacon of Hope
In its first phase, the High School Scholarship project supported 30 students in grades 10-12, offering financial assistance, transportation stipends, and support classes in subjects essential for the Lebanese Baccalaureate exams. The partnership between Jusoor and Tuyoor Al-Amal School in Tripoli played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of the project. Through this collaboration, the project provided a sense of stability and normalcy, lifting the burden from the students’ shoulders and allowing them to focus on their studies.
Expanding Reach and Comprehensive Support
Building on the success of the first academic year, the High School Scholarship project underwent significant developments in its second academic year, solidifying its commitment to empowering Syrian youth in Lebanon. The project expanded its reach, supporting 160 students—a fivefold increase from the previous year. This expansion allowed Jusoor to extend its impact to more individuals in need, ensuring that a more significant number of students could benefit from the transformative power of education.
Recognizing that education is not solely about academics but also encompasses the overall well-being of students, Jusoor integrated psychosocial support into the project. The inclusion of a dedicated psychosocial counselor became a vital component, addressing the mental health needs of the scholarship recipients.
Bridging the Paths Toward the Next Chapter
In the second year of the project, Jusoor extended its support beyond academic assistance. Recognizing the importance of guiding students toward their next educational chapter, the project offered university application assistance. This comprehensive approach allowed students to explore available universities, majors, and scholarship resources. By connecting students with professionals and graduates from various fields, Jusoor empowered them to make informed decisions about their future careers, ensuring their long-term success.
The impact of the High School Scholarship project extended beyond its initial location. Recognizing the need for support in different regions, the project expanded to the Bekaa Valley, bringing the same comprehensive assistance to more Syrian students.
Jusoor’s unwavering support has made these dreams a reality, instilling hope and a sense of purpose in the hearts of these young individuals.
The impact of Jusoor’s High School Scholarship project after one year is undeniably remarkable. Through this transformative project, Jusoor continues to build bridges for a brighter future, ensuring that education remains a powerful tool in the face of adversity.
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Jusoor is an international apolitical NGO, empowering Syrian youth through quality education, entrepreneurship, & mentorship. Bridging the opportunity gap.