Last year, hundreds of you supported Seenaryo after the Beirut explosion. Thanks to your help 2020 was our most impactful year to date. We launched 13 theatre projects for young people affected by the blast, and reached over 30,000 beneficiaries across our programmes. Read our impact here.
It's a new year, but the situation for the most marginalised people in Lebanon and Jordan continues to deteriorate. Can you help now to prevent a lost generation of children?
What is the need?
COVID-19 has affected children globally, but some countries are worse off than others. 65% of school-aged children in Lebanon haven’t received any kind of education since March 2020, while Jordan has seen a 25% increase in out-of-school children. With schools unable to open, child labour in Lebanon has doubled in the past year. Thousands of children are now 18 months behind, and may never catch up.
What is Seenaryo doing?
“The need to boost academic achievement runs a distant second to the need to boost life skills”
– DR SPENCER KAGAN
Since the start of the pandemic, Seenaryo has been innovating to support teachers and parents to keep children learning. With no school and limited social interaction, these children’s psychological, as well as academic, health has been hit hard. Seenaryo’s play-based approach helps to meet their social and emotional needs as they make the transition back to school. We've developed:
- I LEARN FROM HOME | Play-based lessons delivered by caregivers to over 9,500 children so far
- THE SEENARYO PLAYKIT | A phone app giving teachers of 3 to 8 year olds access to hundreds of play-based activities
- VIDEO MAKING | A training to make teachers’ distance learning videos participatory and playful
These tech-innovative programmes teach the curriculum through play, increasing academic engagement while boosting fundamental life skills like self-regulation, resilience and decision-making. These transferable, 21st Century skills allow schoolchildren to thrive, and adults to succeed.
“Jaber eagerly awaits the lesson every day. He looks forward to me receiving the instructions and then teaching him.”
– NAZHA, MOTHER OF TWO
Seenaryo also leads theatre programmes with children, youth and women, working towards the same transferable skills and – during COVID-19 – giving beneficiaries a vital outlet to express themselves, collaborate with peers and perform in high quality productions.
Why should I give?
“For every dollar invested in early childhood education, you see a 13% return in GDP”
– JAMES HECKMAN (NOBEL PRIZE WINNING ECONOMIST)
In the last 18 months we’ve teamed up with the likes of the International Rescue Committee, Caritas and the Lebanese Ministry of Education to get our training and resources far and wide, reaching as many children, parents and teachers as we can. But there are more communities who need our help.
Help Seenaryo reach 30,000 new people in Lebanon and Jordan to make sure no child gets left behind.
Who are Seenaryo?
In 2015, our founders headed to Lebanon’s Shatila refugee camp to make theatre with a group of children. The participants developed stories about dinosaurs, drought and an astronomer’s daughter… and Seenaryo came to life. Since that summer we have reached over 67,000 people from 3 to 70 years old. Through theatre and play, we support marginalised people to be powerful agents of their own lives and positive contributors to their societies.
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How can I support?
Donate here: Give anything from £5 to £5,000 online through this page. Every dollar and pound makes a huge difference so please do give, whatever the level.
There may be a better way for you to donate: Would you rather give by cash, cheque, or CAF? Or do you live in Hong Kong, the USA, Lebanon, or Jordan? Learn how you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
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