Education and Community Empowerment

Why Education and Community Empowerment?

  • We view education as the key to stabilization, peace and sustainable development.
  • It is the young generation’s right to receive education and to be protected from child recruitment and labor. It is their right to acquire skills in a safe and productive environment, to grow and develop, to laugh and learn.
  • Children and youth need safe spaces where they can openly speak and deal with the trauma of war.
  • Bridges between communities have to be built for unity and peaceful coexistence.
  • We want to create enjoyable moments beyond the war through the engagement of communities in social, cultural and civic activities. Thereby, we also foster a sense of rights and citizenship.


Emissa has been working in the educational sector for many years, responding to the increasing needs caused by the long-lasting Syrian crisis. The war’s impact on the availability of education has been devastating, leaving a high number of schools closed or destroyed. The constant risk for schools to be the targets of shelling has turned former safe spaces into the opposite. The consequence is a high number of school drop-outs.

High poverty levels and the unavailability of education exposes the young generation to child recruitment and labor, while they suffer from severe psychological trauma. Mitigation of the psychological impact of war is difficult in a context of forced displacement and fragmentation, as entire communities lose their sense of belonging and unity.

With our schools in central and northern Syria, we provide some of the most vulnerable children and youth with educational opportunities. In our community and risk education centers we strengthen life skills and protection, and create safe spaces for the most vulnerable parts of society to heal and grow.

Our Approach

  • Rehabilitation of schools and quality formal education on primary and secondary levels.
  • Informal education outside of regular school hours, filled with extracurricular activities, awareness sessions, games and other activities.
  • Child-friendly spaces and psychosocial support in our schools and community centers, to mitigate the psychological impact of war on children and the youth.
  • Risk education for civilians of all age groups in our risk education centers to raise awareness for the unexploded remnants of war.
  • Community engagement in our community centers through different activities, such as vocational training, language classes and psychosocial support.
  • Youth and women empowerment through life skills training, peacebuilding and cultural activities.