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Relentless Efforts to Combat Child Labour in Syria

World Day Against Child Labour 2020 focuses on the impact of crisis on child labour. The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer.

The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Already, there are an estimated 152 million children in child labour, 72 million of which are doing hazardous work. These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances that are even more difficult and working longer hours.

This year, the World Day Against Child Labour is conducted as a virtual campaign and is being organized jointly with the Global March Against Child Labour and the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA) .

In Syria, the government and civil societies  continue to exert relentless efforts to put an end to child labor that has increased during the terrorist war on Syria which led many children to drop out of schools and become victims of violence and different abuses. Many children also lost family care, became beggars and were recruited by terrorist organizations as child fighters which is the worst form of child labor.

Olive flowers fell cause of the high temperature during May

Engineer Ahmed Mohamed, head of the Department of Agriculture in Jableh, stated that the high temperature that prevailed in the region during May led to fall of the olive flowers, which negatively affected the fertility rate of the olive fruit

This year is the season for olive trees, as the fall of olive blossoms starts from the beginning of June until the tenth month of it naturally to get rid of the excess crop

The total number of olive trees in the Jableh region is more than two million trees, of which a million and 896 trees are productive.. The production is about "20,000" tons, and olive is an important source of income for people of Jableh countryside.

Lama Razzouq

Using a wooden loom dating back to more than a hundred years , a craftsman is unique in making silk male head dress

Alone behind an old wooden loom, the craftsman Sami Naddaf sits on his loom, which dates back to more than a hundred years. This traditional scene reminds us of a history when the Syrian textile industry flourished and its fame reached fashion international houses.

The craftsman Naddaf, 65 years old, inherited the textile industry from his grandfather. He is unique in this kind of craft – sewing the silk male head dress, which is one of the popular folk clothes for the head that was prevalent in a period of time and which is now a popular heritage.

Dr. Naya Hassan is Global Peace Ambassador from Syria

“ peace is a very important goal in itself and a policy which we should follow .It should  be reflected positively on  society . We must all seek to achieve it at different levels, mainly personally and socially ,  to realize   development and prosperity”  Dr. Naya Talal Hassan  at Tishreen University Hospital in Lattakia province  said in an interview with Syriatimes e-newspaper .

The young doctor   has  recently been selected as   Global Peace Ambassador from Syria for 2020-2022 by the Global Peace Chain  ( GPC)..

Dr.Hassan is also a researcher, violinist,  a social activist and a volunteer at a number of civil society associations.    

The core objective of  the Global Peace  Chain ,  which includes peace ambassadors from most of the world , is to  spread  the peace message globally  and cultivate the culture of tolerance, inclusivity, togetherness and harmony across the world.

"Young Forever"…Hope for a better tomorrow

The "Reading Marathon", which was launched on social media on the 6th of May this year, is one of the many and varied activities carried out by the Fraternity Association “young forever”  in Sadad town  to serve the local community and meet its needs.

To know more about the other activities and events of the “young forever” Fraternity, Syria Times e-newspaper met, Miss Abla AlHai, who is responsible for the association. She said : “young forever” is an ecclesiastical gathering committed to the highest human principles that aims to serve the local community and meet its needs by various means. The  gathering was founded in 2012,  its members are currently about 150 university men and women.

Two Syrian students to represent Syria in JCP in Japan

Two Syrian University students will take part in the competition of the Junior Chamber International (JCP) to be held in Japan after they have won the competition held in Lattakia for the top 10 Youths for the year 2020.

The first student ,Mohammad Araj, who is studying Mechatronic Engineering at Tishreen University, has participated in developing some projects in cooperation with the Syrian Computer Society to help Persons with Disabilities to move from one place to another and to serve themselves.

How do we talk with our children about corona

Our children are afraid as we are now and they are not only able to hear everything that is going on around them, but they also feel our constant tension .. they have never experienced anything like this before.

Although the idea of not going to school for a month or more sounds great, But they imagined a fun time like summer vacation and not what really happened to them like staying at home and not playing with their friends.

Omaima says .. I suffered from the behavior of my three children, they feel bored, unwilling to study and their tendency is to wake up late and spend most of the time on the mobile phone.

Mrs. Samar adds, “I have a child in the first grade and I feel unable to justify for her wht we  stay at home and not go to school because of her young age .. And she is constantly repeating” We want to stay at home because of Corona!!! "but she does not know the meaning of what she says.

Mr. Bayan said .. What children need now is a feeling of comfort and love and to feel that everything will be fine and this is possible and he adds I try to interest my children with some activities that are online and we review books.

To learn how to deal with our children during the period of the home quarantine due to the spread of the Corona virus, Abeer Musa a psychological counselor and the secretary of the Family Guidance and Protection Association explained that it is useful to listen our children and understand their thoughts and feelings to encourage them to speak,  and express their thoughts..and it is possible to talk to them about Corona's disease and its causes.

There are many ways to fill children's time through multiple activities at home, of course, without neglecting to study

Play..feelings..activities.. study..understanding..listening..reading.. these  remove their feelings of fear and anxiety  and increase their sense of confidence and safety..these lead to improve their psychological immunity, which in turn improves physical immunity as is proven Scientifically

In these exceptional circumstance that we live in, we must avoid  battles with our children for not doing homework, and refrain from shouting at them for not following the program that we have set for them, and do not compel them to spend hours learning if they do not want to ... because the mental health of our children is more important than their academic skills and what will remain in their memories of this exceptional period is not what they studied but what they lived and felt in this experience.

Lama Razzouk