Neveen's Silent Symphony: A Tale of Perseverance
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, 24 October 2023 - No matter the obstacles and challenges life presents, there are always determined individuals who resist and fight for their goals, serving as an inspiration for others to learn from their perseverance and positive attitude. Neveen is unquestionably one of these determined and courageous individuals, as she embarks on her educational journey despite facing communication challenges due to her being deaf and nonverbal.
Neveen Khalaf Othman is an extraordinary 10-year-old girl. Her family originally hailed from Kobani, Syria. Neveen, the elder sibling, shares love and support with her younger sister, Nourshin, and her brother, Ali.
Their lives took an unexpected turn following the devastating ISIS attack on their homeland in 2014. Seeking refuge in Barika refugee camp within the Arbat area of Sulaymaniyah governorate, Iraq, they embarked on a journey of rebuilding their lives amidst new challenges and opportunities. Today, Neveen shines brightly in Grade 4 at Amuda School within Barika Camp.
What makes Neveen's story truly extraordinary is the remarkable challenge she faces every day: she cannot hear or speak. Yet, her pursuit of education knows no bounds. Neveen communicates with her classmates and teachers using sign language, with the invaluable assistance of a close friend in her class.
Despite her unique challenges, Neveen dreams of a future as a medical doctor, a testament to her unyielding determination and unwavering hope.
Neveen’s Summer of Learning
Neveen joined the summer remedial classes at Amuda School in the camp. These classes were funded by the United States Government and provided through UNICEF. The goal was to help children get better at subjects like science, math, and Kurdish. These classes prepared them for the new school year and helped children who came as refugees to fit in better at school.
"The summer remedial classes lasted for a month, and the student participation rate was high. The students were taught five lessons a day and participated in daily activities. We, as course supervisors in Amuda School, support the development of teachers’ skills and teaching guidelines. There is a clear improvement in the level of learning and understanding among the students after these courses”, explains Mahmoud Abdulkarim Qader, the Educational Supervisor at Amuda School.