BEIRUT: Everyone is aware of the Syrian refugee crisis, but very few know about the mental health of these refugees, especially the women among them, marking this issue as one of the least tackled ones.
To address such an important problem, and in an effort aimed at empowering more than 2000 Syrian and Palestinian women refugees, UNESCO organized a resilience and emotional agility training for a group of 60 Syrian refugee women, that took place from Thursday until Saturday.
The training implemented by UNESCO and Kayany Lebanon came in the framework of UNESCO’s project “Supporting the completion of basic education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon,” which is funded by KSRelief.
Positive psychology coach, Milad Hadchiti led the workshop and focused on providing self-help techniques so that Syrian refugee women can recognize the symptoms of mental health issues and know how to better deal with them, along with techniques to adopt better coping mechanisms, communications skills, and pathways.
The workshop offered women insight into the critical skill set needed to achieve emotional balance.
“By learning to identify feelings and express emotions, these women will better cope with the difficulties they face, and increase their personal resilience,” Hadchiti, who was responsible for training the refugees, told Annahar.
Hadchiti highlighted that this training can help these women, who are also mothers, to manage their emotions, teach their children to control their impulses and build positive relationships, especially that these women and children need to restore a healthy development that might have been stunted by war.
Maysoun Chehab, UNESCO’s regional basic education officer has previously mentioned that in 2018, UNESCO did an assessment on the needs of the Syrian community around schools and noticed that Syrian mothers are facing a lot of challenges and have high levels of stress.
"We focused on highlighting every women’s strength and her level of resilience instead of revisiting the past and get stuck in the train of thoughts,” Hadchiti told Annahar.
“Supporting the Completion of Basic Education for the Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” initiative targeted more than 8200 students and aimed at increasing learning opportunities and ensuring retention for at-risk Syrian students in Lebanon, especially among middle and high-school students. This project is linked to initiatives related to the education of Syrians in Lebanon, in an attempt to bridge the gap and complement recent efforts.
UNESCO has also developed a life skills program to establish an educational structure that includes psychological wellbeing and has supported teachers with innovative training materials related to academic support. It has also provided supportive educational materials such as textbooks, stationery, learning materials, as well as transportation, meals, and registration to make sure that Syrian students remain in education.
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