LEBANON / REFUGEE CHILDREN DISABILITIES

02-Dec-2016 00:02:53
Born deaf and living as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, eight-year-old Mohammed has faced more hurdles than most during his short lifetime. But thanks to the support of a remarkable institution he has found his voice and the promise of a brighter future. UNHCR
Size
Format
Acquire
N/A
Hi-Res formats
DESCRIPTION
STORY: LEBANON / REFUGEE CHILDREN DISABILITIES
TRT: 2:53
SOURCE: UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNHCR
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2016, BEIRUT, LEBANON
SHOTLIST
1 Various shots, teacher instructing Syrian refugee Mohammed who is deaf
2. UPSOUND (Arabic) Teacher:
‘’Raise your hand when you hear the beep.’’
3. Various shots, Mohammed sitting in studio responding to sound
4. Med shot, teacher in the other room
5. Med shot, Mohammed sitting in the room waiting for the signal
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic with sound language) Mohammed Al Akraa, Syrian refugee boy:
‘’I come here to study maths, English and Arabic.’’
7. Wide shot, teacher talking to deaf/mute children in class
8. Med shot, student names Zahra puts her hand up as she hears her name
9. UPSOUND (Arabic) Teacher:
“Zahra, wow, you heard me?”
10. Various shots, student practising speaking with teacher
11. Med shot, students clapping for Zahra
12. Wide shot, teacher in Mohammed’s classroom
13. Med shot, Mohammed in class
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Carole Maroun, Teacher at the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) school:
‘’Because they have hearing problems, we try to focus on visual therapies like lip-reading. We always try to be close to them, so they can see and hear us well. We also use images and things that they can touch and feel.’’
15. Various shots, Carole teaching
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Grace Der-Sahagian, School Director:
‘‘Our biggest challenge is how to continue receiving foreign students, mostly Syrian refugees. Out of our 60 students, 14 are Syrians. We provide them with boarding, food, drinks and teaching, all free of charge. So we have a financial challenge to keep going.’’
17. Various shots, teacher showing children how to use computers
18. Various shots, Mohammed in class
19. Various shots, children playing outside
20. Med shot, Mohammed waving to camera
STORYLINE
Born deaf and living as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, eight-year-old Mohammed has faced more hurdles than most during his short lifetime. But thanks to the support of a remarkable institution he has found his voice and the promise of a brighter future.

For three years now, Mohammed has been attending the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) in Hazmieh, a leafy suburb on the Damascus Road in the hills above Beirut.

Aid organizations have estimated that among the nearly five million refugees from the conflict in Syria in the region, one in five has a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment.

UPSOUND (Arabic) Teacher:
‘’Raise your hand when you hear the beep.’’

Profoundly deaf, Syrian refugee Mohammed is practicing listening and reading.
This is his first time at school.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic with sound language) Mohammed Al Akraa, Syrian refugee boy:
‘’I come here to study maths, English and Arabic.’’

Mohammed is among 60 deaf children at the FAID School. Many of them have missed years of schooling.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Carole Maroun, Teacher at the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) school:
‘’Because they have hearing problems, we try to focus on visual therapies like lip-reading. We always try to be close to them, so they can see and hear us well. We also use images and things that they can touch and feel.’’

The school receives private and public funding. Still, it faces financial difficulties.
It lacks the funds to pay for foreign students like Mohammed.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Grace Der-Sahagian, School Director:
‘‘Our biggest challenge is how to continue receiving foreign students, mostly Syrian refugees. Out of our 60 students, 14 are Syrians. We provide them with boarding, food, drinks and teaching, all free of charge. So we have a financial challenge to keep going.’’

Mohammed was fitted with a cochlear implant in Syria at the age of 3, but when the war started, his parents couldn’t afford the second implant. For a year Mohammed lived in silence.

But at this school, he has found hope and an ability to hear sound again.

Education is a tool that can help overcome life’s obstacles.

Mohammed wants to become a maths teacher, a goal that may now be within his reach.
Category
Topical Subjects
Geographic Subjects
Source
Alternate Title
unifeed1601202c