"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace" -- Kofi Annan

In Syria 2.8 million children do not go to school anymore and about 2 million children have been traumatized by war experiences. This also applies to "Jamil and Jamila", a boy and a girl, who live in Syrian refugee camp Bab as-Salaam. Elsbeth de Jager and Esther van der Ham have written a book about them. The book is based on real facts and can be used in schools and will be provided for free in the refugee camps. The fact that the children recognize the situations they live in, the book helps children both to overcome their trauma and to get ahead in educative ways. Jamil and Jamila live in a Syrian refugee camp. Jamil has just arrived there; Jamila lives there for some time. Like many other children, they had to flee from the war. Jamila would like to like to make friends with Jamil. However, why he is so often the answer? And actually it is also difficult that he so often afraid ... When Jamila has to do something, what she would most like to run away, it is Jamil, who helps her...

 

Overcoming traumatic war memories
'Jamil & Jamila' was written and illustrated by Elsbeth de Jager and Esther van der Ham at the request of Ash-Sham CARE President, Oscar Bergamin. Bergamin and his staff provide immediate assistance and care intensely about reconstruction efforts in Syria. This includes the reconstruction of schools. Primarily, the school experiences will help children in overcoming traumatic war memories. The book was written so that it helps the children with things that are important to them, including the learning of one's own surname, numbers and colors. Things that are natural for European children, who have children in the refugee camps but forgotten. Children in Europe read the book as well, so they get more understanding of their peers in the refugee camps. This book is the first volume in a series. The authors have worked unselfishly in this project. It is offered (using sponsor money for printing costs) to the children in the refugee camps. You can help the children who are victims of the violence with buying a book in Europe. 

"A book for you, a book for them!"
With the action "A book for you, a book for them!" Every future sold book in a European language (Dutch, German, English, and French) will cover the costs for a book in Arabic language. Children in Europe get aware about refugee situations and Syrian Children get access to reading books. For every copy sold is Droomvallei Uitgeverij the next volume in the series is free available for the children in the refugee camps.The book is published in Arabic for refugee children in Syria, in Dutch and German, but soon also in French for European schoolchildren. In the European books there is an appendix with example recipes, which are discussed in the book, the long, dangerous journey that had to Jamil and Jamila cover to come into the camp, and much more!

Availability of teaching books reduced to 0%

Prior to the onset of the crisis, Syria had reached near universal enrolment rates. At the primary school level, 100% of male and 98% of female students were enrolled. At the secondary school level, 67% of both male and female students were enrolled. Literacy rates were over 90% and Syria was spending almost 5% of its annual gross domestic product (GDP) on national learning. Nearly four years of protracted conflict, mass displacement, destruction and occupation of public infrastructure have left a sizeable proportion of school-aged children and youth without access to safe learning spaces where they can get a quality education. Nearly three million children are now estimated to no longer be attending school. Consequently, Syria is now considered to have the second worst enrolment rate in the world. While deteriorating access can be at least partially attributed to the widespread destruction of public education infrastructure, lack of teaching and learning materials, and displacement of teachers and other education personnel, children in Syria are also vulnerable to a host of other threats and protection concerns. These include child labour, forced recruitment into armed groups and early child marriage, all of which are compounded by undue levels of exposure to violence and trauma. The Syria MSNA found that children are perceived to be one of the most vulnerable groups across all sectors, with children under the age of five and children aged 5-12 years having been identified as the first and third most vulnerable, in-need groups, respectively. (source MSNA, Syria Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment; Prepared by OCHA, REACH and SNAP on behalf of the Humanitarian Liaison Group based in Turkey October 2014). The Rapid Public School Assessment in Northern Syria (November 2014) reported an availability of books in schools from 48%, but there are significant differences between governorates and sub-districts. In some districts, the availability of teaching books reduced to 0%.

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