Suleiman Al-Ghabani, a 10-year-old living in Jordan, misses his home in Syria. Forced to flee during the recent conflict, Suleiman missed a year of school as he and his family made their way to Jordan to start a new life. Suleiman is just one of the thousands of Syrian children whose childhood and education have been put on hold as their families escape areas of conflict.

ADRA’s Basic Educational Support for School Children (BESSC) project provides children like Suleiman the opportunity to get an education.

At his new school in Jordan, several hundred of Suleiman’s classmates are also refugees from Syria. ADRA’s BESSC program in Jordan supports these Syrian refugee children and hundreds of less fortunate Jordanians on their educational paths.

The BESSC program has helped more than 5,000 students like Suleiman, in more than 50 Jordanian schools, through the provision of school supplies, the creation of school clubs, and rigorous teacher training.

Suleiman goes to school every day with a big smile: with the right tools and the right environment, he is eager to learn as much as he can to make up for his lost year of schooling. He is ready to start the next chapter of his life.

The generous support of donors around the world allows ADRA to provide schoolchildren the education they deserve, integrate them more fully into society, and pave the way toward a brighter future.