As I’m watching Generation StandStill a challenge that I’m trying to work out is how to include the challenges of life as a refugee…

  • Syrian Refugee children can’t go to school as they need to earn money to buy bread and gas for a large family
  • work 6 days a week
  • children not paid their full wage
    • 13 year old paid $20/week
    •  11 year old paid $14/week
  • walking to and from work is dangerous with cars on the road
  • employers mistreat workers – young children
  • nine children in the family to feed
  • father is not with them in the Lebannon as he’s been arrested.
  • drunk people in the camp and surrounding area
  • hostile attitudes towards refugees
  • Mother works 4 hours a day and gets paid $6.60
  • children can’t play in the Unicef kids play area – which is a metal slippery slide and swing set – they get into trouble by the other adults.
  • the play area for children is hard when they fall over -straight onto rock


An 11 year old boy in the family is working full time at a mechanics in a motorcycle repair shop and earns $14/week .  He gives his money to his family to buy food and tries to save some for himself.  “Feda works because he is a Syrian Refugee…he lives in a tent in Lebanon” (Walid, owner of motorcycle service) ) “cirumstances make him work”\…he lives in a tent in Lebanon”

“They need a caretaker…no one knows what will come of them..could become a beggar or destitute…he could have become a thief…he benefits from working for us”

To me they just don’t care for his welfare – they just want to use him as he is 11 and reliable…there is no education. They could send him to school once a week?

Faisal, 13 works 6 days a week from 7am and gets home at 6pm. and earns $20/week  “I’d like to study….I dream of studying..I wanted to be a Dr or open a cow farm….earn money to eat and rent..I work while the other kids study and play

Can’t study  – one wants to be a vet Amira is the mother from Homs in Syria

The kids miss stuying and can’t read, write or count but they can fix motorbikes, he learns visually…Veda wants to go to school to become a dr

The children’s passion and drive is to go to school!!! But there’s no schools.

“People who can’t read are nothing” Veda 11 years old

Valed left school because of the war, completed 7 grades

With no study they’ll hur you all your life

“Four out of Five children in Lebanon are not in school’

All the children just stay at home around the concrete factory with no school  = they all want to go to school and play

Alamas (mother) it is better to die than stay where we are, Id rather eat mud in Syria than live like this in Lebanon

15 year old living on own with brother to work in a concrete factory as Parents have gone back to Syria they send $200 to family each month. work 12 hours a day and make $60/week

I’m in the Liminal Space – I keep looking and researching the plight of the refugees…I need to move on and make some decisions as to what to include in my assignment and then develop a plan…..I know I can do this…I just need to….I don’t want to be strangled by not having a plan…

I need to map out my PLN so it is organised and makes sense.

I need to review the task for the assignment

Review what is required

Review the two assessments submitted and go forward…

I can try and use what Karyi quoted… is what is not happening that AT3 can address…

Providing opportunities for children to learn…if the children are going to work 6 days a week then they can have school provided to them at night time;

via a visiting bus

School can come to them

or they can go to a site on the refugee camp

It could be school could be 1 day a week/ 1 hour a week – 1 moment in time..

to provide opportunities….

Education – provides transformational opportunities….”getting a place in school is about more than just learning…. “One, it gives them longer term hope. But also it gives them shorter term stability, gets them back into the classroom they’re in a safe environment, they’re learning and they’re focused,” .

(From the video In Lebanon a double shift system works – the schools are opened up in the afternoon for the refugee children…the schools could open up in the late afternoon for a couple of hours for the children that are forced to work…..




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