The Way for a Good Future

by Mohammad Al Hiraqi

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 16.28.02The Finland Organization is introducing different fields of tutorial courses aimed at providing young men and women with formal, scientific, international certificates to help them in the future. The courses are practical for life, especially in these difficult conditions we are facing.

The Road magazine met Hussam Omera, who is a field officer in the Finland Organization, he told us, “We are introducing tutorial courses in Districts Four and Eight in Za’atari Camp. In district Four we will introduce English courses to males and females for advanced and beginner levels. In addition, we will offer circus games and other activities in music.” He continued, “We are working on establishing other courses in the future, for example, handiworks for females. They will be called “Reviving the Syrian Heritage. It is through embroidery works of Horani style, particular to Dara’a people, due to their big numbers here in the camp.” He added, “As for the courses in District Eight, we will introduce courses in English and other ones for inter- national computer driving lessons (ICDL) for males and females. Also we will have some specific training for females in football.” He denoted that all trainers are well qualified specialists with academic certificates. Finally, he mentioned that there are some difficulties in convincing young men to come and learn. “Our center provides a new chance for life and we hope that all people can benefit and have a more constructive future.”

Norwegian School Help Drop-Outs

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The Norwegian School has worked with schoolboys who dropped out of school for a long time. Soon it will come back again to working regularly in Za’atari Camp. They announced that the applications for the second term will start on 17/1/2016. There will be two programs: first, The Accelerated Teaching; for the ages 8-12 years; second, The Spatial Program; for ages 13-15 years. To join these programs, students have to go to the Norwegian School in its space in District 10.

Mouath Omera, who is in charge of field surveying at the Norwegian School, said “We are introducing a chance for pupils disconnected from school. We start with a test for level measuring so that we can determine which grade a pupil deserves. This test is deter- mined by the Ministry of Education in Jordan.” He also explained, “All teachers for all grades are Syrians. After rehabilitating these pupils we send them back to regular schools. Regrettably, we have low turnout, especially by female pupils.

He added, “It is remarkable that there are some brilliant students. It is erroneous to remain disconnected from school because learning is the safest way for a good future. We welcome all applicants every time they come.”

Flower in the Desert

13 year old Syrian refugee, Abdul Baset has lived in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2012. Recently, he has made a tiny garden in his “caravan”, a one-room prefabricated housing unit and plant white carnations his deceased brother used to

filmed in May 8, 2016 in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Mafraq, Jordan (4 min.)



My Olives were the Best

by Khitam Krad

I was very happy because I was rewarded in the contest of olives hosted by The Road Magazine (supported by Japanese Emergency NGO, JEN). My olives were the best and the committee members were pleased as they tasted them. My pleasure was indescribable Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 20.24.17when they declared the results where I was the first. They were 24 participants. Too many people asked me the way I pickle the olives, and I told them the way. I did not expect to win because all the participants were experienced, but mine were the best. It was an exciting competition!

My Fruitful Trees

by Abu Talal, age 67

The soil here in Za’atari is liable to farming, but it needs some care. I grow some trees and legumes; they are fruitful. For example, I grow olives,Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 20.12.58.png coriander, spinach, chickpeas, corns, spearmint, beans, radish and onions. I was very glad when I saw my plants producing these fruits which nearly sufficed 90% of my house’s needs of these for these items. Neighbors often come to my house to take spearmint which is abundant in my yard. I used to live in a town called Nawa, which was famous for growing fruits and vegetables. I also raise some kinds of animals such as chickens and geese which provide my family with eggs continuously. Green plants refresh us and lend beautiful scenery to our homes, so I advise all people to experience this.