Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa visits Syria.

Visit was to Al-Hassakeh city and Al-Hol camp northern Syria covering education, health, Social policy, Adolescents and Children with Disabilities proggrammes.

UNICEF
22 December 2020

On 14-15 December, Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa visited Al-Hassakeh city and Al-Hol camp northern Syria covering education, health, Social policy, Adolescents and Children with Disabilities proggrammes.

Ted Chaiban, visits a school in Al-Hassakeh city made of 12 prefabricated classrooms provided by UNICEF. Operating in two shifts, the school is currently accommodating more than 2,400 children – far beyond the capacity of the classrooms. The temporary classrooms are providing opportunities for children in Al-Hassakeh city to access learning opportunities and join the Curriculum B programme which allows children who have lost years of education to gain a pathway towards formal accredited education.
 

people walking next to school wall
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman
people inside classroom with children
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman

On 15 December, UNICEF Regional Director, Ted Chaiban, visits a learning space supported by UNICEF at Al-Hol camp in northeast Syria. This is one of four UNICEF-supported learning centres in Al-Hol providing around 5,000 children with non-formal education. In addition to classes, students receive recreational activities sessions including sports, drawing and music. All students enrolled in the self-learning programme receive and benefit from UNICEF teaching and learning materials including school bags, recreation kits, school in cartoon kits and self-learning books.

Al-Hol camp is home to 63,790 people, 66 per cent of whom are children under the age of 18. Together, women and children comprise 94 per cent of the camp population.

children playing in tent while adults watching
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman
children in tent watching TV
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman
adults with children in tent classroom
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman

 Ted Chaiban, visits Muhamad Abdulrahaman, 13-year-old beneficiary of UNICEF’s Cash for Children with Disabilities programme. Muhamad has a Spinal cord disease and has joined the programme this year.

Muhamad was also one of 15 children who joined the ADAP/SP photography and life skills workshop. He hopes that one day he can become a professional photographer is his life dream. Muhamad continues to go to school and is one of the top students on his class. The cash transfers have helped Muhamad’s family to buy him clothes, pay doctor fees, transportation costs, and school payments for Muhammad.

The programme was launched by UNICEF in 2016 and focuses on children with severe disabilities who require full time care. It prioritized CWD who fall under 10 specific criteria according to the “Syrian National Classification of Disabilities.”

people in a home
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Rami Nader
man sitting on ground talking to adult with disability
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Rami Nader

Ted Chaiban, interacts with families at a school turned into a collective shelter in Al-Hassakeh city, northeast Syria. Around 27 families, 115 individuals including 75 children, are taking shelter in this school building since October 2019 when conflict near the northern Syrian border displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom left with nothing but the clothes on their back.

UNICEF and partners are providing multisectoral support to families in this collective shelter including primary health care consultations and nutrition services though mobile clinics operated by UNICEF partners and the provision of Family Hygiene kits.

man talking to woman
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman
people sitting on ground
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Delil Souleiman