In May 2020, in conjunction with Alsama ('sky/hope' in Arabic), Discovery Summer launched a pro bono online English programme for 200 Syrian refugee children in three camps in Lebanon (Shatila, Burj & Bekaa).
15 Discovery Summer teachers are delivering virtual lessons from their homes from as far apart as Australia, Greece, Spain, Portugal and the UK over an 8-week period. Using their smartphones, each student gets 3 hours of English per week in classes of maximum 10. These children and young adults are gaining the skills to communicate in English with the outside world - hence opening up exciting new educational opportunities for their futures."I used to sit at home all day being very sad and depressed. I love studying. I want to become an international lawyer....."
"It is a real pleasure to see the Alsama childrem and young women so committed to learning English. They turn up on time with their homework done. The teachers from the Discovery Summer school are fantastic. They get the best out of each student."
Kadria Hussien, Director, Alsama Centre Shatila
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