At the end of each year, grade 12 high school students prepare for their baccalaureate exams. This is already a stressful time, and the multiple disruptions to education quality as a result of the pandemic and the current economic crises have only added to that.
In an effort to help in whichever way she could, Nathalie Nassar – a USAID-Refugee Scholarship Support (RSS) program scholar at the American University in Beirut (AUB) – took the initiative and provided two 12th graders with educational support during the second half of the school year. Over the course of two weeks, Nathalie delivered tailored sessions in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, while also offering support with assignments.
Reflecting on her experience, Nathalie witnessed first-hand the detrimental effect of the current circumstances on the students’ educational experience, as well as their ability to focus and learn. With Nathalie’s help however, the students were able to persevere and pass their school exams. Through this work, Nathalie realized the necessity of such community initiatives, and the profound impact it has on both the beneficiaries and the volunteers.