NEW HOPE FOR ILLITERATE REFUGEES

Hunted down by militants in Syria, Yaldiz and her family fled to Lebanon. SAT-7 KIDS program My School has helped them end a cycle of poor-quality education, changing their lives forever.

Yaldiz and her husband Adnan, come from a humble Kurdish family in Aleppo with a very poor educational background. When their children were registered in a public school, they soon dropped out, unable to adapt to the curriculum without additional learning support.

“My kids stayed at home for two months, until God guided us to a learning centre that gave us hope for the future,” says Yaldiz. “I don’t want my children to suffer from poor education like my husband and I did.” The centre, located in the mountainous region of Lebanon, offered the children remedial classes, customising the curriculum to their needs and accelerating their learning.

“Watching My School not only became a family gathering time but also the turning point towards literacy and numeracy for us.”

DISCOVERING SAT-7 KIDS

The children first encountered SAT-7 KIDS in 2015 when they met Grace Najjar, My School’s English-language segment Presenter and an English teacher at their learning centre. Najjar made a positive impact on them through her constructive teaching methods. Then, Yaldiz and Adnan were also introduced to Najjar through My School. Yaldiz explains, “I came home one day to see my kids jumping for joy and enthusiastically waiting for My School to start. My daughter turned to me and said, ‘Mom, look! Our English teacher is on television!’ I was very interested to see what the show was about.” Since that day, the whole family watches the program regularly, and they also keep in touch with SAT-7 KIDS on social media.

AN ENGAGING FAMILY EXPERIENCE

My School’s complementary teaching has offered Yaldiz and Adnan the resources to learn along with their children and engage with them. Yaldiz says: “Watching My School not only became a family gathering time but also the turning point towards literacy and numeracy for us. Now, as parents, we help our children with their homework every day.” Yaldiz and her family now have hope and feel equipped for the future.

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