Save the Children is providing immediate, life-saving humanitarian assistance in the areas of child protection, education and shelter & NFI distributionsto children and families affected by the Syrian crisis. In partnership with local and national civil organizations, including Zhya, Public Aid Organization (PAO), Harikar and Community Development Organization (CDO), Save the Children is reaching Syrian children and families throughout the Kurdistan Regional Governorate in both camps and non-camp communities in Erbil, Duhok and Sulimaniyah.
For child protection, Save the Children provides Child Friendly Spaces (CFS), which is a safe space for children to engage in play, creative arts, sports and provides a sense of normalcy for children in the midst of crises. Save the Children also recognizes the need to train staff to provide psychosocial support for children and families as needed in these spaces. Save the Children is working in partnership with Zhya in Erbil to provide Child Friendly Spaces in Kawergosk, Qushtapa, Darashakran & Basirma camps. In non-camp settings, Save the Children is working with PAO to provide Child Friendly Spaces in the communities of Kaznazan and Shawez. Currently, there are two CFS being constructed in Sulimaniyah (one in Arabat camp and one outside in a non-camp setting). In Duhok, Save the Children runs two CFS in Domiz Camp, the largest Syrian refugee camp in the KRT, as well as non-camp CFS in Var City & Fayda.
Save the Children has an integrated approach to programming and the education programming for the Syrian response in the KRG is closely integrated withour child protection work. Save the Children is working in close collaboration with UNICEF, UNHCR and the Directorate of Education to provide additional learning spaces (ALS) to expand the capacity of Arabic schools in the KRG to serve Syrian children.
A total of 28 ALS are being established throughout Erbil and Duhok, and will provide 1,680 Syrian children access to formal education. In order to ensure standards, Save the Children is providing teacher trainings on education in emergencies methodologies, child protection, and psychosocial support. This includes inclusive education, active learning and positive discipline.
In addition, Save the Children is expanding existing urban Child Friendly Spaces to become Community Centers. Community Centersare critical to reach out to children that are currently not attending schools. Early Child Care and Development (ECCD) classes for children aged 0 -5 and their caregivers, a book bank to increase literacy development in children and adults and non-formal education classesare a few examples of activities that are conducted in the ECCD.
Community Centre facilitators are trained in non-formal education methodologies and child development. Lastly, Save the Children recognizes the immediate needs for survival for the refugees is distributing hygiene kits, winterization kits and shelter kits to families in the camps. To find out more about what Save the Children is doing for the Syrian Response, please visit www.savethechildren.net