STEM for Refugees
There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in the neighboring 5 countries. Nearly 800,000 are children out of school. Although there have been a number of international and regional efforts, access to quality education is insufficient. Massa Mufti launched STEM for Refugees to provide 21st century life skills and prepare these children for reconstruction. To better prepare her students for the future economy, she developed in partnership with The Little Engineer Cooperation a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum to support children in acquiring the relevant knowledge and skills through applied and insightful learning experiences that responds to the needs, contexts and aspirations of the Syrian refugees. The program has been successfully piloted in Lebanon, with a gender balanced enrollment rate, and is now ready to scale into 2 neighboring countries. STEM education can unlock the talents of the innovators of tomorrow. “I learned that for each obstacle there is a solution; nothing will ever stand in my way, ” said Sondos Tayara, a 15 year-old participant.