by Aysha Saar
REFUGEE SCHOOL IN JORDAN
by Aysha Saar
Architecture and art have the power to convey a sense of inclusion through color and form. By including sustainable energy as well as the influence of composition represented in the walls of my structure, I aspire to convey a sense of order in the midst of chaos in my architectural design.
The main goal of my project is to improve the lives of the many refugees who reside in Jordan. Because of their inadequate situations in their home country, many individuals choose to leave in search of a better life. Jordan manages to provide basic humanitarian needs for refugees from all over the world. For my project, I choose to design a school for refugee children to continue their learning which would provide a sense of hospitality, a right to education, as well as ensure a safe environment.
The users of my project would be the children refugees who reside in Jordan. According to Human Rights Watch’s World Report of 2020, during 2018, over 600,000 Syrians sought refuge in Jordan and over 85 percent of Syrians lived outside of refugee camps. Jordan also hosted asylum seekers from countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, etc. Creating a space such as a school in which the youth are able to receive basic human needs such as a safe shelter as well as education.
The needs for the users would include a structure in which the children are able to continue their education, a bathroom, an area that provides access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as access to sustainable energy. Provide a green area/ field in which children and people are able to socialize and play sports. The school should have a large indoor area in which children are able to interact and learn, this would include a dining hall, study desks, bathroom, and multiple rooms for classrooms.
Designing a school located near the isolated Emirati Jordanian Camp for Syrian refugees. The Emirati Jordanian Camp was made for refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. Opened because of the overflow of the Zaatari Camp, the largest refugee camp in Jordan. The Emirati Camp was funded by the United Arab Emirates; however, is located in Jordan.
CALL TO ACTION
By educating ourselves about the issues present in the Middle East, we can find ways in which we can help to provide beneficial conditions for refugees around the world. One way we can do so is to donate to asylum seekers and provide a change in the lives of refugees. The Refugee School in Jordan and various camps resolve multiple aims of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals such as zero hunger, good health, education, clean energy, sustainability, and various others. The future is in the hands of the youth and providing them with high-quality education should be an aspect every human being should receive.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES
HOW WILL YOU GET INVOLVED?
In the comments below, please share (1) aspects that were new to you and broadened your perspectives about refugees around the world, (2) what impact would you like to make with this idea, (3) ways in which you might be planning to speak out and spread the word to people around you regarding this issue.
I would love to hear from you in supportive and constructive ways. Feedback on any part of this project is welcome.