In May and June 2016, two participants assisted at the Odevaer College in The Hague, a (temporary) school for about 80 unaccompanied minor refugees (amv’s) aged between 15-18 years from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan etc. The school started at the beginning of 2016 and hopes to continue in September.
The school sent this reaction to TME about the Syrian teachers:
Terrific – that’s how I would describe Sahar and Manal’s assistance at our school over the past few weeks. The proof: the smiles from both the refugee teenagers and Dutch teachers who have benefited from their help. For example, a shy and introvert pupil who has attended our school for more than 4 months and who had not been able to retain a word of Dutch, appears happy for the first time since he has been at our school.
The reason: the Syrian teachers’ ability to analyse and understand the needs of this boy, explaining and pointing out similarities between Arabic and Dutch, and creating a bridge for the boy between the two languages. They have truly helped our learners in a way we haven’t succeeded in 4 months. Our Dutch teachers are extremely thankful for Sahar and Manal’s support.