Ahmad Ghbash School, East Aleppo, was closed when the conflict began in Aleppo in 2012. It reopened its doors in 2017 after ADRA Syria rehabilitated the school. A great number of families returned to their homes in the area of the school and sent their children back to school. Alaa is an eight-year-old girl who was forced to leave her house when violence overtook the district where she lived. Her family moved to another city until the conflict was over in Aleppo. Even though Alaa was fortunate to find a rehabilitated school near her house where she could continue her education, it was difficult for her to adapt to the new environment she found herself in. Alaa underperformed in the first school term, and that is why she joined Remedial Classes which ADRA Syria launched in her school. Through the remedial classes, she improved and began to develop her skills gradually. However, she still faced many challenges, especially in terms of adapting to the new environment and communicating with her classmates. At first, she felt herself aloof and isolated. She had the feeling that she did not belong to the place and the people around her. Her parents discussed her situation with the school staff who did their best to help her. However, she needed specialized help which was not available at her school. When ADRA Syria started conducting psychosocial support sessions and activities in her school, Alaa was among the first to join. She received help and support from the PSS counselor and started participating in the group activities with her classmates. With the help of the PSS counselor, she improved her communication skills, started taking part in all the activities, and learned the importance of cooperation and team work. This strengthened her personality and rebuilt her self-confidence.
“I love my school now,” says Alaa. “I am happy to be here with my friends and teachers. I am sure I will be better next year.”
AHMAD GHBASH SCHOOL, EAST ALEPPO RESPONSE TO THE EMERGENCY IN ALEPPO (REAP)
Read how the REAP project stated Alaa on the road to recovery.