Marie-Simone Saadeh, a University Scholarship Program Scholar majoring in Political Studies, chose AND, Akkar Network for Development to complete her community-based internship during the summer of 2021. AND aims at identifying and tackling the needs of Akkar’s region by closely working with other civil society organizations, local authorities, and Akkar community at large.
Marie-Simone’s assigned role consisted of supporting in carrying out a series of educational activities. She closely worked with AND teachers to design and deliver virtual and face-to-face reinforcement classes targeting out-of-school Syrian refugee children and covering the subjects of French, Arabic, and Math. Moreover, Marie-Simone accompanied teachers during field visits and assisted her supervisor in conducting assessment surveys to identify problems that children might be facing at home.
Marie-Simone benefitted from this internship herself as she stated that it enabled her to develop leadership skills and taught her how to be patient, especially when communicating with children. It also allowed her to enhance her teaching methods and to push herself to come up with a set of creative activities that help better relay concept and terms.
Marie-Simone also revealed that working within a refugee camp shed light on a variety of daily challenges that people are facing. What stood out the most was the eagerness of the children and their parents doing what they can to overcome the hardships they are enduring, despite the lack of opportunities.
Photo 1 & 2: Marie-Simone Saadeh during her Community-Based Internship with AND, Akkar, Summer 2021.