"E-learning for Syria" is a project run by the non-profit organization "Amal for Education," which provides Syrian refugees in Turkey with internet access and technological tools to help them integrate and become more independent.
Access to technology and the internet is important for refugees, because it enables them to learn, stay informed, communicate, and understand his or her rights in their host country.
In recognizing these Needs, the non-profit organization "Amal for Education" has created the project "E-learning for Syria" at its centre in Kilis, Turkey. It gives Syrian refugees the opportunity to use computers and access the internet. Isabella Chiari, the director of "Amal for Education," told ANSA that after meeting with refugees, "it was immediately clear to us that there was a significant lack in computer skills, and this prevents a large percentage of the refugee population from accessing resources that could give them the chance to study or improve their work opportunities".
The idea for the project is based on the creation of "small centres where people can go to learn and independently access computer tools and the internet," Chiari said. There is currently a space in the "Amal for Education" centre in Kilis "with a computer room and internet, with a staff member who is always there to help young people and adults". She said the staff member doesn't just provide computer and language lessons, but also assists refugees with drafting CVs and helps them get free access to the internet.
Distance learning project, "E-learning for Syria" also makes materials available to refugees, such as Arabic language e-learning modules and other basic literacy tools useful for integration and access to the labor market.
Chiari said the online distance-learning programmes, including videos and downloadable didactic materials, came about as a result of the difficulties faced by refugees in attending regular lessons due to work commitments or for bureaucratic reasons. There is also the issue that due to their precarious situation they may have to move locations unexpectedly.
The lessons were developed with the help of teachers from the "Amal for Education" programme in Kilis, with in-depth study information available in different subjects. Chiari said that technology "is already a part of a refugee's life" and "most refugees already have a smartphone to communicate with relatives in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Germany or the Netherlands." She said it's "a good starting point but it's not enough for self-training or for job Research." The computer "is already an object that's inaccessible for them, so even giving people the chance to get free access to this tool is very important. It gives them indepemdence," she said.