"When I was in Syria, I was always the best in my class. Then the bombing happened and I couldn’t go to school anymore,” Mariee says.
Mariee and his family fled Ghouta and now live in theAzraq refugee camp in Jordan. When they first arrived, Mariee was worried about returning to school at a UNICEF child-friendly facility called the Makani centre.
The centre provides learning support, community-based child protection, early childhood development, adolescent and youth participation, life skills and innovation labs to children in the camp. In Azraq, there are nine Makani centres with more than 4,000 children attending.
“I did not want to go to school because my academic success had been trampled,” Mariee says.
“I thought my future was lost."
“But when I started to go to Makani, I felt that I wanted to continue my education.”