A pilot in Amman, Jordan with students from the Malki-Salaam Center for Traumatized Syrian Refugees.
July 10th marked the beginning of Fikra 3al Mashi's second pilot program; this time, with students at the Malki-Salaam Center for Traumatized Syrian Refugees.
There was no initial plan to continue our pilot program beyond Madaba, but the opportunity presented itself, and a team of Fikra 3al Mashi volunteers will now spend the next two weeks at the center in Jabal Hussein, Amman, Jordan.
The center hosts traumatized students ages 6-12 and helps them cope with their trauma through several psycho-social support programs. Although well-serviced, the center was chosen as a location for a pilot program because of the homogeneity of its students to Fikra 3al Mashi's intended focus group for its PHASE 2 project. That's the real debut. For now, our team is still learning.
The volunteers will continue using the SOLE approach, and fine-tuning it to fit the needs of the students. We will be testing several pedagogical approaches, most prominently, is a method of grouping the students by interest rather than by age. We will also be testing the effectiveness of teaching students with a one-week gap (The program will run for two weeks, with sessions every Sunday and Monday), since this will most likely be the frequency of visits during PHASE 2.
Stay tuned for more news and updates.