Shockingly enough, we have reached the end of our second week. In some ways, things are starting to come together. In other ways, my colleagues and I are still struggling to figure everything out. This has and will continue to be a constant learning process – not only with regards to pedagogy, but also in terms of understanding where these children come from. It is a rather humbling experience working with them as I’ve come to learn that despite the hardships they have had and the difficulties they are still enduring, they are nevertheless still fun-loving and gleeful. Like children of any background, they have illustrious dreams and imaginations, a spirited energy, and an unrelenting love for swing sets and basketball.
I am most excited when I’m able to identify interests within each child. Again, like children of any background, they have their own unique hopes and interests – and seeing this sort of enthusiasm is absolutely thrilling. Today, for instance, a young boy explained to me that he wants to be an artist. His friend then chimed in, assuring me that he would be an engineer when he grows up. The group of students then erupted into a conversation about their interests and dreams for the future.
Jusoor is incredible because it gives these students an environment in which they can cultivate their interests – an opportunity that they may not otherwise have access to. Furthermore, it puts students on a track toward success in their respective interests. Education assures that these interests grow rather than recede amidst their hardships, something that unfortunately happens very often among those affected by refugee crises. Each student is unique and I see seeds in each and every one of them – I have full confidence that they can grow to reach their potential.