"From filmmaking, I learned to never give up on my dreams no matter how tough the path gets."
Alaa Mustafa, 13, is among the estimated 11 million Syrians who have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011. Living in the UAE for the past six years, she was also among the 33 girls between 10 and 15 years old, to recently take part in the filmmaking programme under the NGO 'Lights Camera Learn' that aims to empower and educate children through the art of filmmaking.
As the war left over 3.5 million refugee children without proper access to education in 2016 alone, Lights Camera Learn teaches English to displaced children around the world through an interactive method of learning.
Through the programme that toured Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia, children got to write their own scripts in English and act in different roles on camera to produce short films.
Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees
Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees.
The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada and the country’s experience in arts-based education.