Razan Kakoun interned with AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service on the ProFuturo E-Learning Project, a hybrid learning toolbox that enhances quality of teaching and increases retention rates of refugees in disrupted educational environments. Razan took the lead in implementing the summer program in one of the Ghata schools in Bekaa, whereby a group of AUB student volunteers engaged refugee children (ages 8-10 in grades 3, 4, and 5) in a series of interactive reinforcement sessions. The classes covered various subjects available on the platform including English, Science, Math, and Life Skills.
Prior to the start of the program, Razan, along with the volunteers, were trained by local coaches on how to use the ProFuturo digital platform and received ongoing on-site technical support when needed.
As an undergraduate mathematics student, Razan perceived this internship as an opportunity to practice previously acquired knowledge and skills while also contributing to the overall mission of providing vulnerable communities with access to digital literacy.
After spending two months at the Ghata School, Razan reflected that this experience not only helped her to transfer education to refugee children, but also expanded her connections with experts, helped her develop leadership skills, time management skills, and awareness of the challenges facing refugees in Lebanon.
Razan Kakoun during the community-based internship with ProFutoro Elearning in Ghata, Bekaa.