“One Book, One Pen, One Child and One Teacher Can Change the World”
Donors: Individual Donors from Around the World
Implementing Organization: Aleppo-NGO
Duration: Starting on September 2021
Beneficiaries: Artsakh, Lebanese, and Syrian Refugee Children in Armenia
Target Amount: $25,000
Target Beneficiaries: 800-1000 Children between the ages of 6 and 13.
Primary Goal: To distribute school supplies to Artsakh, Lebanese, and Syrian refugee children living in the Republic of Armenia, ensuring they have the necessary items to yield the most out of their educational experience despite the challenges of resettlement.
Project Description: Azerbaijani and Turkish attacks during the 2020 Artsakh War resulted in the loss of homes, livelihoods, and belongings for thousands of Armenians living in Artsakh. As they fled for their lives many basic but essential items were left behind, now in the hands of the occupying Azerbaijani forces. Since the end of the war, Aleppo-NGO has supported more than 12,000 Armenians displaced from Artsakh and has carried out various rounds of needs assessments amongst more than 800 Artsakh refugee families as well as 2,200 Lebanese and Syrian Armenian refugee families in Armenia who are registered at Aleppo-NGO. A recurring theme amongst these assessments is the lack of proper school supplies for their children. Resettlement is a challenge for any refugee, however, education for refugee children is a momentous step in the process of overcoming the challenges and provides a great sense of normalcy.
This initiative intends to provide Artsakh, Lebanese and Syrian Armenian refugee children with “School Supply Kits” containing the adequate materials for up to one school year. The kits come with a backpack, inside of which are 4 notebooks and folders, a pencil kit with 10 pens and pencils, as well as markers and highlighters, scissors, rulers and calculators. There will be slight variations in the kits depending on the age of the recipients.
The distribution will target 800-1000 children between the ages of six and thirteen years old. Each kit costs approximately $25-30.
Upon the completion of our fundraising the materials will be acquired and the kits will be assembled. As soon as this is completed distribution will begin at the Aleppo-NGO office in Yerevan.
- Our project will prioritize provinces, villages, and families who have not been the recipients of school supplies donations by other NGOs. We are in contact with those other organizations to cover the most ground and not have unnecessary crossover.
- Data collection: School attendance rates will be assessed pre-intervention and 6 months following intervention.
Research has demonstrated a positive correlation between increased early childhood education spending and economic development outcome metrics (increased secondary school graduation rates, higher earnings due to enhanced human capital, and decreased unemployment). Cost-benefit analyses conducted by the RAND corporation suggest that for every dollar invested in pre-school education, future returns are expected to be in the $3-$4 range. The same outcome is expected for early childhood, primary schooling beyond pre-school, according to researchers at the Center of High Impact Philanthropy of the University of Pennsylvania.
One further positive consequence is a reduction in the need for teachers to, out of pocket, provide students with supplies. A survey by the US Federal department of education showed that even in the United States, 94% of public school teachers pay hundreds of dollars out of their own salaries each year to provide the necessary supplies for the classroom and students in need. Although data is absent on whether this phenomenon is as prominent in Armenia as in the United States, given the increased need for school funding in Armenia relative to the US, it is highly likely. For this reason, we may conclude this project reduces pressures and the cost burden for teachers.