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Our children have been born into unique circumstances, so our curriculum is a little different too. We don’t teach our kids to pass exams, we teach them skills that will help them to change their circumstances.
Refugees don’t have passports, so they need language to travel. And if they don’t speak English they won’t have full access to higher education and the job market. Our aim is to ensure every child who enters our school leaves with a better understanding of the world outside and how to access it.
When boys turn into men in Burj Barajneh, they have three main options; casual construction work, crime or joining a political faction. There are even fewer jobs for women; they either work in the local sewing factory or as cleaners. Working in the family store is an option for some, but male relatives are given priority.
But this is why we’re so excited about the girls’ classes and the difference they could make to their future quality of life. Helping to achieve gender equality through education is a core principle for the school. Bilingualism means more independence and increased social mobility, which helps the shift towards an equal status in society.
Our aim is to ensure every child who enters our school leaves with a better understanding of the world outside and how to access it.
In October 2019, we launched Future English. At the heart of our ethos is a strong emphasis on modern teaching. English is the most spoken language across the globe and it felt like a perfect fit to begin teaching it through emojis – the fastest growing language in the world.
Some people would argue that Emoji is not a language, and they may be right. However, it is a universal system of communication, and one that children are already fluent in. We try and create a synergy between Future Football and Future English whenever possible and this was no different. After the lesson, we went onto the pitch. We held a quiz just behind the penalty spots. Students were tested on what they’d learnt and every child who got an answer correct was allowed to take a penalty.
As you can see, our setup is basic and we are currently raising funds to find and furnish a new classroom. You can donate here or get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with classroom supplies or learning materials.