From Displacement to Determination: Hala's Educational Odyssey in Baharka Camp
Hala's Educational Odyssey in Baharka Camp
Erbil, Iraq, 28 Sep.2023 - In the heart of the Baharka camp for internally displaced people, where hope and resilience flourish amidst challenges, a remarkable initiative is shaping the future of young minds. Most residents of the camp hail from Ninewa and Salah al-Din Governorates and the City of Anbar, regions affected by conflict and upheaval.
Against this backdrop, the Barzani Namr School stands as a beacon of opportunity, offering a transformative experience through summer catch-up and remedial classes.
During the summer months, the Barzani Namr School throbs with vitality, as it opens its doors to primary students from grades one through six. These catch-up lessons, aimed at bridging educational gaps, provide essential remedial classes covering two core subjects: mathematics and science. Utilizing the official government curriculum, these classes not only rejuvenate academic knowledge but also instill critical life skills such as problem-solving and communication skills, creative thinking and resilience.
Omar Muhammed, the school's principal, emphasizes the profound impact of the programme: "This is a useful approach to utilize students' time to advance their scientific and personal growth. It fosters their integration with their peers and teachers, nurturing positive behaviours and improved interactions with their surroundings." The initiative goes beyond academic development; it shapes well-rounded individuals equipped to face life's challenges with confidence and resilience.
Hala's Story of Learning and Growth
At the heart of this inspiring narrative is Hala Adam, a sixth-grade student born in 2012. Originally from Al-Ba’aj district in Ninewa Governorate, Hala's journey has been defined by displacement and her pursuit of knowledge. Between two older brothers and two younger sisters, she stands as the bridge between generations, embodying the hope and dreams of her family.
Hala's family was among the countless victims of ISIS, fleeing their home and seeking refuge in Syria. Following a two-month stop, they returned to Iraq and resided in Baghdad Governorate for almost two years. Subsequently, they made their way to the Baharka camp in Erbil in 2016. Despite the challenges they faced, Hala's father, a history teacher with a master's degree, ensured that education remained a cornerstone of their lives. This foundation laid the groundwork for Hala's love for learning.
When Hala thinks about her experience, she says, "The summer classes helped me a lot, especially in mathematics which used to confuse me. Now, I really enjoy solving problems and working with numbers." These catch-up classes have made her really like mathematics and show how these classes can make a big difference in learning.
Beyond academics, Hala's interests encompass her family, drawing, and playing volleyball. Her experiences have shaped her into a confident advocate for education. She ardently advises her younger sisters to embrace their educational journey, firmly believing that education paves the path to success and self-assurance. Her words resonate deeply: "Completing our education empowers us to achieve our dreams and rely on our own capabilities, as life is not always easy "
Supported by Germany through KFW Development Bank, these catch-up lessons do not not only teach school core subjects, but it also helps children and young people like Hala build resilient skills to better face life challenges. It also advances young people’s analytical and creative thinking and promotes their eagerness to learn. As Hala's story proves, education can change lives. It brings people closer together and equips them with the strength and confidence to face the future with courage.
Note: In order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals mentioned in this story, all names have been altered.