School's Program

 

Wataneya Society has always had a holistic approach towards achieving its mission "Quality of Life for Every Orphan", which includes directly involving different stakeholders.  

Many factors contribute to the life cycle of an orphan, and one of the main factors is the school they attend. As it is usually the first time they are exposed to the outside world completely on their own, it is very important that this environment be an inclusive nurturing one that allows for the integration of the orphan among his/her peers without any form of treatment that could affect their psychological well-being. 

Another important factor with a great impact on an orphan's life is, of course, the society. Whether it is lack of awareness about the cause or negative social stigma it can all contribute to the exclusion of orphans.

At Wataneya Society, we believe in tackling the root cause of the problem. We also believe that if we ensured that children were raised in a healthy environment within orphanages, it won't be sufficient if they went out to an unaccepting society.

That is why we launched the school program with the purpose of enforcing the concept of integration of orphans within society at an early age.

Target Audience

National and international schools in Egypt

Launch Date

February 2016

Description

The school program is divided into 3 sections based on the nature of the school participating.

Young Volunteers

This will be applicable for schools with community service programs (e.g. CAS), that put into effect the concept of volunteering, and/or that do not have orphans enrolled.

Before starting their project, all students are offered a free "Do's and Don'ts When Visiting Orphanages" session conducted by Wataneya Society. The students can then choose one or more of the following projects:

On-going projects:

  1. Sponsor a Caregiver Fundraising Campaign: the students will hold a campaign to raise funds to sponsor the qualification of orphans' caregivers through our vocational qualification in child development accredited by Pearson Edexcel or through our Hamzet Wasl "همزة وصل" project.
  2.  Participate in our children & youth programs: At Wataneya Society we have two programs for the development of orphan children and youth. The childcare program for children and FORSA program for youth both aim at broadening the horizons of the orphans within institutional homes, developing their skills and integrating them within society. School students will participate in these programs by attending the same sessions and events that orphans attend as a method of promoting integration.

Opportunity-based projects:

Another option for the students is that they will be assigned a project according to available opportunities at the current time. This may include, but not limited to, participating in awareness campaigns, gathering information about the cause through surveys, participating in events by Wataneya…etc. 

"Know Me…I'm not just orphan"

1.     This will be applicable for schools with orphans living in institutional homes.

As a first step, Wataneya Society will conduct surveys with the schools' management, parents and students to get a better picture.  

Then, all students are offered a free "Know Me…I'm not just an orphan" session conducted by Wataneya Society. Teachers are also offered a similar, but more advanced session.

The program can include one or more of the following activities:

  1. Be an ambassador of our "Know Me…I'm not just an orphan" campaign: It is a campaign aiming at promoting positive perception towards orphans. (applicable to students and teachers)
  2. This will be applicable for schools with no community service or volunteering programs, and/or that do not have orphans enrolled.

As a first step, Wataneya Society will conduct surveys with the schools' management, parents and students to get a better picture.  

All students and teachers are offered a free "Do's and Don'ts When Visiting Orphanages" session conducted by Wataneya Society.

Wataneya will the conduct surveys for the school's management & staff, students and parents (after acquiring their approval) to help us create a situation analysis.

According to the results, Wataneya:

  1. Will gather data about the situation of orphans and their schooling in Egypt
  2. Customize a program suitable to the school's needs

Why should your school be part of our program?

  1. Directly contribute to providing "Quality of Life for every Orphan"
  2. Participate in activating effective volunteering at an early age
  3. Exposure on our social media channels
  4. Logo on our website and publications