IRD and UNHCR Education Program, Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
SPRING 2018 BEST IN SHOW
For creating leadership opportunities for girls and for empowering self-expression and creativity in girls at the Za’atari Refugee Camp, the TIGER program leaders win the “Spring 2018 Best in Show” commendation.
The TIGER girls also win this award for bringing their ideas to life in a range of projects that explore many art forms. These Inspiring Girls truly make a difference in our world!
The TIGER program is run by the International Relief and Development Organization and by the United Nation’s High Commission on Refugees
A film by the girls of TIGER Community Projects, combines plays and music videos addressing issues of concern to the young female TIGER community leaders. The video also includes clips about a range of arts opportunities available to participants. Because of programs like TIGER and as a result of efforts to create innovative educational programming by humanitarian agencies, like the UNHCR and IRD, the 80,000 person Za’atari Refugee Camp is evolving into a successful semi-permanent Syrian settlement in Jordan.
The TIGER program launched in 2015, as a joint UNHCR and IRD initiative. TIGER (These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading) runs programs from 5 centers in the Za’atari Camp, with six teams, targeting children from 2-17 years old. 13 mentors guide girls’ education, by the philosophy that “the program is about coaching and not teaching.”
TIGER concentrates on developing girls’ communication skills, on furthering their education, and on encouraging their involvement in community outreach and engagement projects.
Last Spring, BPF children at the Za’atari Refugee Camp were recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA, for their efforts to use the arts to connect with global peers. They were also commended for their special art outreach initiative: hand-print murals, sending messages of support to children remaining in Syria. Please watch Metropolitan Museum of Art Education Director, Sandra Jackson-Dumont recognizing the Za’atari children:
The Za’atari children were among kids from 9 countries who sent art for our recent snowboard project. 13-year-old, Connor Kelly went to the US Nationals Snowboard finals in Coral Springs, Colorado, with his snowboard covered in stickers made from our BPF kids’ art from Jordan, Peru, China, Iraq, India, Spain, Russia, Brazil, and the United States. BPF kids from far and wide were together, as one, supporting Connor (see Connor’s webpage).
Winter 2018 Global Gallery
The name art was a special initiative. The kids names will be turned into stickers. The stickers will go on a top-nationally-ranked student’s snowboard. He’ll take photos and maybe videos. We’ll post all the media in the Spring 2018 Global Gallery, with a list of represented countries.
Artwork below from the Fall 2017 Global Gallery
BPF kids at the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Za’atari Village, Jordan
Big Picture Foundation art program for kids at the Za’atari Refugee Camp developed and coordinated by the IRD, International Relief and Development Organization, also known as the Blumont organization, with collaboration from the UNHRC, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Za’atari Refugee Camp, Za’atari, Jordan
Za’atari Children with Cards and Art Supplies Sent by Kids in Rye – Fall, 2015