Massar overview

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Summary of the Massar project in Syria as a October 2008

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Massar overview

  1. 1. Investing in Society UKTI October 2008
  2. 2. Investing in young people <ul><li>Syria’s development: knowledge economy, private sector, civic society, global relationships </li></ul><ul><li>40% of Syria’s population <15 years old; 60% <25 </li></ul><ul><li>61% of Syria’s unemployed are <25 years old </li></ul><ul><li>4% have personal access to a PC, <1% of all web content is available in Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Current education system encourages knowledge rather than competences </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of basic business skills </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of non-formal learning opportunities for young people </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs: Shabab, Massar, Rainbow </li></ul>
  3. 3. Massar <ul><li>A Syrian initiative using international expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Part of The Syria Trust for Development </li></ul><ul><li>NGO, not-for-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Targets 5-15 year-olds </li></ul><ul><li>Provides non-formal learning opportunities through multiple channels </li></ul><ul><li>A national programme, open to all </li></ul><ul><li>Works with government (national and local) </li></ul><ul><li>Develops competences (life skills), “the habits of citizenship” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Touring programme <ul><li>Launched July 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>c100 children each session </li></ul><ul><li>To date 105,000 children nationally </li></ul><ul><li>1.5% special needs </li></ul><ul><li>Show, story, dig, debate </li></ul>
  5. 7. Regional centres <ul><li>13 local activity hubs, c500m 2 in area </li></ul><ul><li>First centre opened September 2007 in Lattakia </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-active exhibits, displays, activities, resources </li></ul><ul><li>Partner programmes: business and ICT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Planned centres – Homs, Aleppo </li></ul>
  6. 10. <ul><li>Massar web portal soft launch summer 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>User-generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative on-line learning programmes </li></ul><ul><li>E-volunteer programmes </li></ul><ul><li>E-debate </li></ul>Web and ICT
  7. 12. <ul><li>Opens end 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Location in centre of Damascus </li></ul><ul><li>13,000m 2 facility in new 16-hectare public park </li></ul><ul><li>Architects Henning Larsen, Denmark </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape Martha Schwartz, USA/UK </li></ul><ul><li>Working with local partners </li></ul>Discovery centre
  8. 18. <ul><li>it opens up the eyes of children to the larger world and helps them explore and become self-dependent” - parent </li></ul><ul><li>we felt free to put our thoughts into words and I felt that my opinion was being heard and respected” - teenager </li></ul><ul><li>now I know about the importance of antiquities and why we should preserve them” - 8-year-old </li></ul><ul><li>children remember the information they have gathered themselves much more than that passed to them through conventional teaching” - teacher </li></ul><ul><li>now that we have Massar I no longer feel we are less privileged than children in the west” -14-year-old </li></ul>Responses
  9. 19. Massar

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