Rami Rustom, Sari Samakie and William Close, Kings’s Academy 2016 Kurt Hahn Prize Winners
We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Kurt Hahn Prize has been awarded to Rami Rustom, Sari Samakie and William Close from Kings’s Academy in Jordan in recognition of their outreach programme ‘Fikra 3al Mashi’, which aims to provide education for Syrian and Iraqi refugee children.
The students set up the initiative in response to the overwhelming number of Syrian and Iraqi refugee children who cannot access education while seeking refuge in Jordan. Almost fifty percent of the 220,000 school-age Syrian refugee children in Jordan are not receiving a formal education. Even those who do attend school complain of abuse, neglect, and a difficulty in learning and integrating.
In June 2015, Sari, Rami and William hosted a week long workshop for 20-25 children aged 12-15 and taught internet research skills and basic computer programming skills. Following the success of this initial workshop Sari, Rami and William led a three month long course for 20 Syrian refugee girls aged 12-16. The boys now plan to run a similar month long course for Syrian refugee boys scheduled to start in April.
Rami and Sari raised 8000USD to fund the campaign, which covers operational expenses such as internet usage and the purchasing of laptops they donate to the groups at the end of the course. You can visit their website http://fikra3almashi.org/ to find out more about this amazing initiative.
The students will be formally recognised for their achievements at the Opening Ceremony of the RSIC at Aiglon in October.