One day my students did a drawing activity on what makes them happy and sad. Many of the children drew that being in school makes them happy and being at home makes them sad. I was not expecting that being at home makes the students sad, but I then remembered that some of my students work in the fields surrounding the school and their camps. I soon realized that Jusoor is a place where the children come to de-stress and learn. The Jusoor Summer Program provides a route for the children to escape their strenuous situations.
My challenge coming to Jusoor was figuring out a way to teach my material efficiently to cater the students that came to school to learn and the ones that came to de-stress. I feel obligated to make sure that all of the children are learning because the students do not know the consequence of slacking in their education. I soon found a way to help both types of students to be engaged with the teaching material. With help from the students’ teacher and fellow volunteers, I made the learning activities fun enough for the focused and unfocused children to capture their attentions. Whether we learned about photosynthesis by planting plants or learned how to spell words by having a spelling competition, my students and I had a blast.