Published on Jul 30, 2012
Performing for their parents on the last day of summer camp, these children are amongst the fortunate few who escaped the deadly violence in Syria.
Starting their lives all over again in Lebanon, they're slowly beginning to feel at home in their new school.
The summer camp here at the Saadnayel Public School was organized by UNICEF and its partners with the aim of helping the Syrian refugee children ease into a different system of education.
And one of the first lessons was learning a new language.
Researcher Nizar Ghanem has been assessing the psychosocial needs of the refugees.
He spent a lot of time with the children in school listening to their concerns and fears.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic), Nizar Ghanem, UNICEF Evaluation Consultant:
"The most important problem facing Syrian students is that they come from a different educational system, based on one language. The educational system in Lebanon is bilingual: English and Arabic. The second issue is the discrimination and sensitivity between Lebanese and Syrians then come the financial problems, tuitions and schools".
He says over the last 5 weeks, there have been visible changes in the attitude of the Syrian students and most importantly they've been extremely receptive to learning
SOUNDBITE (French) Sana' Srouji, teacher:
"The children express their ideas through drawings; they names things, they write, and compose phrases. And then they start adding details in French."
SOUNDBITE (Arabic), Chadi, student (Name change):
"What I love here in Lebanon is the school. In Syria, they didn't teach us English, they used to teach us only mathematics and Arabic"
Over 570 Syrian and Lebanese students in 10 public schools across Lebanon were enrolled in summer camps like this one
And though the camps lasted only 5 weeks, they made a strong impression and gave hundreds of Syrian refugees a new vocabulary for a new way of life
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