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Success Story - Shadi Safar

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Shadi Safar fled from the violence in his hometown Hama, in search of a better future for him and his family in Jordan. With a degree in law, he is one of many highly qualified Syrians who cannot legally work in the country due to restrictions in this specific field. However, thanks to SREP, he has been given the opportunity to use his skills to contribute in enhancing the conditions of Syrians in Jordan. At the same time, he is studying for a Master’s degree in the hope of using his new skills to rebuild Syria once the conflict is over.
 
“Parents need to know that their children can be enrolled in schools even if they lack legal or civic documentation,” explains Shadi Safar, the 35-year-old Syrian father who was elected as a Community Facilitator to fill the gaps of information related to the right to education. “I’m concerned about how this lack of knowledge can impact the integration of our community in Jordanian society. This is one of the reasons I decided to participate in this necessary initiative,” he adds in an interview held during an ARDD workshop where around 16 facilitators were trained on how to deliver this information and the key messages to their communities.
 
“Since I arrived to Jordan, I've been interested in helping others. I have collaborated with many organizations to provide relief to those in need and enhance their access to basic services. Syrians, densely located in areas like Marka or Ras Al Ain, are vulnerable. We need to work towards integration and education to promote social cohesion and their inclusion,” states Safar based on his experience in the field.

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