My name is Sedra, I’ve been volunteering with Jusoor for a year now, but this is my first time volunteering as a teacher.
When I saw the advertisement on Facebook, I was so happy and excited and wanted to participate in order to give hope and care for those hopeless children.
Before I started this job, I expected to see hopeless children and unusual cases. The first day, I met the children, they were full of energy and love and they even taught me hope and love. Instead of being their teacher they became my inspiration and power. They love to ask a lot of questions and they don’t have patience at all. In other words, they were eager to learn.
Their education level wasn’t good enough so I had to repeat a lot the information a lot of times in order to have their attention and deliver the message.
During the lesson, I noticed a girl who didn’t want to participate or do anything and when I talked to her she didn’t answer me at all. The girl’s name is Najma, I later knew her story. Her mother is treating her like a disabled person and is abusing her verbally. I was so sad and wanted to do anything to help this girl. I tried to let her express herself through drawing and encouraged her in front of the class. Day after day, she became better and more open and she ended up participating well in class.
I did all my best to teach the children and make them feel happy and amused. It is not an easy job at all, but I kept trying all the time and I feel so happy when I see a child happy because of me. Their future will be like a shining star, because they love to learn and they are very smart if given the chance. I really hope I succeeded in teaching those children and letting them feel happiness even if they are suffering.
Sedra volunteered at Jusoor’s educational centers in Lebanon during July and August as part of the summer volunteer program.