Hunted down by militants in Syria, Yaldiz and her three children fled to Lebanon. The family’s lives changed forever when they were introduced to the SAT-7 KIDS program My School, which has helped them end a cycle of poor-quality education.
Yaldiz, 35, and husband Adnan, 45, come from a humble Kurdish family in Aleppo with a very poor educational background. When the couple’s children, Rita (16), Habib (14), and Abdo (9) were registered in a public school, they soon dropped out, unable to adapt to the new national curriculum without any additional learning support.
“My kids stayed at home for two months, until God guided us to a learning center that gave us hope for the future,” says Yaldiz with a smile. “I don’t want my children to suffer from poor education like my husband and I did.” The schooling center, located in the mountainous region of Lebanon, offered the children remedial classes, customizing the curriculum to their needs and accelerating their learning.
DISCOVERING SAT-7 KIDS
The children first encountered SAT-7 KIDS in 2015 when they met Grace Najjar, My School’s English-language segment Presenter and an English teacher at their learning center. Najjar responded to the youngsters’ needs and made a positive impact on them through her constructive teaching methods. Then, Yaldiz and Adnan were also introduced to Najjar through My School.
Yaldiz explains, “I came home one day to see my kids jumping for joy and enthusiastically waiting for My School to start. Then my daughter looked at me and said, ‘Mom, look! Our English teacher is on television!’ I was definitely interested to see what the show was about.” Since that day, the whole family have become regular viewers of the program, and they also keep in touch with SAT-7 KIDS on social media.
AN ENGAGING FAMILY EXPERIENCE
My School‘s complementary teaching has offered Yaldiz and Adnan the resources to learn along with their children and engage with them. Yaldiz says:
Watching My School not only became a family gathering time but also the turning point towards literacy and numeracy for me and Adnan. Now, as parents we can help our children with their homework every day.”
Yaldiz shared how My School helped her family to hope and feel equipped for the future, saying, “The show really taught us good practices and approaches to learning.”
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