As military, geostrategic and sectarian aspects of the Syrian conflict monopolize media attention, countless grassroots initiatives continue to challenge the chaos and impunity spreading throughout the country. Chance4Change is one of the latest initiatives focusing on a better future for Syria by ensuring education for the youngest generations.
Launched by civil society youth group Kesh Malek (Checkmate), Chance4Change aims to fund fifteen schools in areas free of regime control in order to secure their curriculum and ensure they remain independent.
“Different groups have tried to control the future of the country by throwing money at a school’s principal, to take over the curriculum and management of the school”, writer Marcel Shehwaro said to SyriaUntold. "This is why it is so important to support civil society attempts to provide a future for the country through a good independent educational system."
In the words of another of the campaign's founders, in the area where they work "there is no longer the risk that schools will fall in the hands of extremists. We have already dealt with this kind of problem, and one of the reasons for our campaign is to stop donors, whoever they are, from trying to take over schools in Syria and try to force their ideologies on children."
Regarding the curriculum in the schools, the project follows the official Syrian curriculum, "excluding specificly regime-affiliated subjects, such as the Baath propaganda book called 'National'", he adds.