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Confronting mortality: Ben Quilty and Richard Flanagan witness Syria refugee crisis. It was mid-winter in Europe when Ben Quilty and Richard Flanagan found themselves in a small, stifling room on the Greek island of Lesbos, sitting across from a young Syrian couple who the previous day had buried their only child.

Confronting mortality: Ben Quilty and Richard Flanagan witness Syria refugee crisis

The "overwhelming sense of grief", Quilty said, "was thick in the air in that little house". The four-year-old boy Ramo drowned as the family crossed the short stretch of water between Turkey and Greece, hoping for a better life in Europe. More than a million people have made that same journey since beginning of 2015. Most survive, but hundreds don't. The little boy is among around 400 people who so far this year have died crossing the Aegean Sea. "I felt that that mother was in danger of doing something to herself," Quilty said.

"She'd lost her home, her homeland, her belongings, and then she'd lost her only child. " Yet, the grieving parents welcomed the visitors' presence. "They wanted their story told", he said. "They all want their story told. The life vest racket. Art with Syrian Refugees: The Za’atari Project.

Za’atari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan, 2013.

Art with Syrian Refugees: The Za’atari Project

This piece was created in collaboration with Syrian refugee children, and explores the importance of water conservation, especially for those who suddenly find themselves stranded in a desert. Project partners: AptART, ACTED, UNICEF. Za’atari refugee camp (photo by Max Frieder) As the Syrian War rages on, desperate civilians continue to pour across the borders into neighboring countries. Using art to create a brighter future for Syrian children - Unicef UK Blog. Amal* painting at her Unicef-supported art classes.

Using art to create a brighter future for Syrian children - Unicef UK Blog

Amal* still has nightmares about the bombs in Syria every night. In her nightmares she often dreams that armed men are chasing her family and she wakes up crying most mornings. Life Through the Lens of Syria’s Uprooted Teens – PROOF. “To Whom It May Concern”: These words I read every day on my UNHCR asylum seeker certificate.

Life Through the Lens of Syria’s Uprooted Teens – PROOF

I’m a Syrian child. The only thing I hope in the world is to wake up from this terrible nightmare and to return to my friends, to return to my life, to my home before this war. And if the time goes back, I just want to play with the people who lost their lives, and I will ask them to leave Syria. I never thought that I would live in a tent, but that’s alright. I never thought I would not listen to my English teacher, who I love so much in Syria, but that’s alright. How can technology improve the worst refugee crisis of our time? Last year, the United Nations Refugee Agency reported that the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons worldwide exceeded 50 million, the most since World War II.

How can technology improve the worst refugee crisis of our time?

The majority of refugees coming from Afghanistan and Syria are fleeing war-torn communities, and are running toward neighboring countries, often facing extreme poverty and limited opportunities to rebuild their lives. 7 art initiatives that are transforming the lives of refugees. Vodafone 'Instant Classroom' is digital school in a box for refugees. The Vodafone Foundation has unveiled a portable "Instant Classroom" that it hopes will give 15,000 child refugees across Africa access to tablet-based education.

Vodafone 'Instant Classroom' is digital school in a box for refugees

The digital school in a box, which has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, can be set up in 20 minutes and can be used in classrooms where there is no electricity. The Foundation has partnered with UNHCR to bring the Instant Classroom to 12 schools in Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the next 12 months. Each Instant Classroom is shipped in a secure and robust case that weighs 52kg and comes equipped with a laptop, 25 tablets pre-loaded with educational software, a projector, a speaker and a hotspot modem with 3G connectivity. The Classroom can be charged as a single unit from one power source in 6-8 hours, after which it can be used in a for an entire day without access to electricity.

Vodafone Foundation. Coding classes open new doors for Syrian refugees - News from Al Jazeera. Amman - Sitting in a large, airy room filled with colourful beanbags and tangles of computer wires, Moamer Swaida listens intently as an instructor explains the basics of web design.

Coding classes open new doors for Syrian refugees - News from Al Jazeera

Swaida, 40, has not had a proper job since he left his position as a maths teacher in Deraa, Syria, and fled to northern Jordan four years ago. He hopes that this week's classes at Amman's King Hussein Business Park will finally change that. "This will give me a better chance of finding work," Swaida tells Al Jazeera in a soft voice. "Syrians cannot work in most jobs in Jordan, so this will allow me to freelance for foreign companies abroad. " Swaida is one of roughly one million Syrian refugees living in Jordan, all of whom are prohibited from working in white-collar jobs as local unemployment exceeds 14 percent. How mobile phones are helping to take education to hard-to-reach children.

How do you teach a child if there isn't a teacher, textbooks or a classroom available?

How mobile phones are helping to take education to hard-to-reach children

You take the lessons to them - and one way is by mobile phone or mini tablet. The number of children around the world using handheld devices is growing, so agencies and organisations are taking advantage of technology to deliver education where it is most needed. How can technology improve the worst refugee crisis of our time? In UN Refugee Camps, Sports Soothe Trauma for Children. Subscribe to PassBlue Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

In UN Refugee Camps, Sports Soothe Trauma for Children

Thank you for subscribing. Something went wrong. Children race each other in a game they call “marathon” outside the new arrivals section of the refugee camp in Dadaab in Kenya. Continuing violence in Somalia has led to more and more Somalis seeking refuge across the border in Kenya, but the UN refugee agency is struggling to cope with the thousands of new arrivals at the camps. “Sport is the only area of human existence that has achieved universal law,” said Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee when he announced that elite athletes who were refugees could compete in the 2016 Olympics under that flag. “Regardless of where in the world we practice sport, the rules are the same and apply to everyone,” he said last fall at the United Nations General Assembly. The Olympic possibility has not faded since Bach’s announcement last fall. “Ms. Ms. Syria's refugees: Girls use photography to document life in the Zaatari camp. For three months, a group of Syrian girls aged 14 to 18-years-old from Za'atari Camp - the biggest refugee camp for Syrians, which can now be counted the fourth biggest city in Jordan - participated in a media workshop to gain artistic and technical training in photography and video, with encouragement to reflect on and voice their own stories and those of their surrounding community.

Syria's refugees: Girls use photography to document life in the Zaatari camp

With cameras, microphones and pens in hand, the girls set out to document their everyday lives – how it looks, feels and sounds from the ground, at the heart of their world. One of the young artists, who has just started learning to read and write, named the body of work 'Waves of Childhood.' All photographs and writing in the following slides were produced by the girls. Re-engineering the refugee camp – a moonshot project. Daniel Kerber wants to improve the living conditions of refugee camps. In general refugee camps are designed and built to be temporary bases but often end up being long term habitats with long term problems.

In Kerber’s SolveforX talk, Re-engineering refugee camps and slums, he throws out some staggering statistics about Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. 100,000 people live in the camp that has the landmass of 1,000 football fields. $500,000 is needed to maintain basic services – 3.5 million liters of water are trucked in every day. Summer temperatures rise to 110 degrees and it snows in the winter. Graham Brown-Martin. I knew that I was going to get along with Rana Madani, the Deputy CEO of the Jordan Education Initiative (JEI), when we initially spoke on Skype whilst I was in London scoping out the visit to Jordan. She wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t coming to Jordan to make comparisons with westernised implementations of technology in schools and that I would understand the context in which the JEI were working. As it turned out Rana had nothing to worry about and our visit was one of the most enlightening yet with genuinely forward thinking and well implemented digital strategies that were entirely relevant to the context and cultural aspects of the nation.

The passion for positive change and improvement of the Jordanian education system was palpable amongst Rana and the JEI team as well as all of the teaching staff, principals and learners whom we met. The 100 Discovery Schools were chosen in Ammam based around their location to the data centre and broadband provision at that time. Syrian Refugees Speak Out Through 'Dear World' Project (PHOTOS) After more than two years of fighting, Syria’s refugee crisis has grown to epic proportions. More than 2 million people have fled the war-torn country since March 2011, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. Another 5 million are estimated to be displaced within Syria. Displaced but finding new purpose in Jordan's Zaatari camp. Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan — Saly Emad el-Moullen is a Syrian refugee herself, but she has found new purpose in Jordan by helping with an Oxfam project that seeks to give children of a stake in their temporary home through art.

In this camp of 120,000, children make up roughly half the population. Although 30,000 of them are school-age, only 6,000 or so are in school. A third school is being constructed, but there are will still be far too few classrooms for so many little faces which, despite the tragedies of war, still show an eager spark of curiosity. On a recent day Ms. El-Moullen oversaw a group of youngsters painting tiles for the bathrooms they and their families use. Voices from Syria: 'This camp is a paradise compared to life back home' The father: ‘I used to lie to my children and tell them grass is edible’ Hassan* has four children. He and his family lived under siege in Syria for several months before fleeing to the Bekaa valley in Lebanon My family and I came from Deir Ezzor.

I was with my wife, my three boys and my little daughter. When the shelling was happening the children were getting scared; so scared they were wetting themselves. Educating Syrian Youth in Jordan: Holistic Approaches to Emergency Response. In Zaatari refugee camp, early marriage often trumps school. Football in the Za'atari refugee camp - UEFA Foundation. FACTSHEET ZaatariRefugeeCamp April. Syrian civil war: Zaatari Refugee Camp now 9th largest city in Jordan. Five stories of hope from Zaatari refugee camp. Education in the Second Largest Refugee Camp in the World.

Children and Education in Refugee Camps. Education is a basic human right for all children, and it is especially important that refugee children receive schooling because it creates a sense of security and hope, which is often lacking in refugee settings. “After times of conflict, educational activities play a very important role in helping to reintroduce a sense of normalcy and routine into the lives of children and adolescents.”(1) Educating refugees has multiple benefits and an immediate, positive, and widespread impact on society. Education teaches self-reliance, helps create the human social capital needed for development, and plays a fundamental role in providing both physical and psychosocial protection for the child. Education is also critical for refugee children, so that they can be informed about health and hygiene. (2) In a refugee camp, education is the only hope.

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