Informal Education: A stepping stone for a bright future

“I want to go back to my home, my games and to my bed.”

The words of Nabil, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee, tell the story of a life abruptly interrupted.

Nabil fled his home with his mother, father and four siblings three years after the outbreak of conflict in Syria. His eyes fixed on the past and feet planted in the emptiness of the present—it seemed impossible for him to walk forward.

Whatever hope he might have felt upon escaping their war-torn homeland was quickly crushed upon arriving in Jordan’s Zaatari camp. The bed Nabil used to sleep on in his home...MORE

A Better Future: Trading Violence for Community

Sufia stole from her classmates in school. Amer led a gang of boys in throwing stones at passing cars. Hani was caught spray-painting caravans.

Like Sufia, Amer and Hani, many young Syrian refugees living in Zaatari Camp have resorted to anti-social behavior in the face of frustration and boredom. Knowing this, Questscope reached out several months ago to youth in the camp to connect...MORE

The Real Social Network: Dangers, Risks, and the Power of Relationship in Za'atari

“He was walking through the market, and another guy approached him and tried to stab him.”

The boys of Za’atari are never far from danger. By virtue of their energy, age, and current situation, they carry risk like a dangerous and unwanted burden. Small insults escalate quickly into armed assaults. Walking down the wrong street can become an accidental run-in with a rival tribe, an...MORE

Mentoring in Za’atari Camp

“How can you form relationships in a place where there are no rules?”

A Syrian man in his mid-40s tearfully asked this question while seated in a tent in Za’atari Refugee Camp. He was thinking about his own children, his friends’ children, and the youth he works with every day as a teacher in Za’atari’s formal school.

“What do you tell a boy whose brothers are dead, whose father is still in Syria, and whose mother has other children to look after?” The same man continued with a tone of hopelessness, stuck both emotionally and physically in Jordan - so close to his...MORE

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