International Day of the elderly - all community centers in Aleppo city and its countryside - mental health and psychosocial support.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first document that clarifies the fundamental human rights that are supposed to be universally safeguarded. The celebration of the International Day of elderly Persons focuses on the importance of "fulfilling the promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of elderly Persons across generations".

Because elderly persons are our role models, our blessings, goodness and light, the Syrian Society for Social Development, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), held an event on the occasion of World Elderly Day in all community centers in Aleppo and its countryside.

The event aimed to enhance the importance of the role of the elderly persons in the community, to highlight the achievements they have made during their lives, to support them to achieve their public rights, and to highlight the importance of taking caring of them and meeting their different needs.

The event included an induction video of the International Day of eldery Persons and the goal of adopting the Day for elderly Persons and a summary of individual visits and group sessions that were implemented with elderly persons, A range of motor and intellectual activities aimed at revitalizing memory and creating a spirit of interaction and cooperation between those present and cultural competitions, a singing paragraph that was presented by children of the child - friendly space, and an initiative by the local community members who are specialized in shaving haircuts for the elderly.

The event concluded with a paragraph of singing and dancing through which the elderly said:

"Your Care and respect for us has an impact on us and will stay in our memory forever, we felt as if you are our children."

"It was the first time I knew that there is a day in which you celebrate the elderly persons, and this is the first time in which I attend in which I attend such an event."

"If there wasn't such a celebration, we wouldn't know that there is somebody who remember us, or there is a special world day for us, you made me glad and cry.

"When I learned about my retirement, I was so sad, but since you came to me and invite me for the sessions and events, I stopped thinking especially that we are playing youth games."


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Child protection: Back to school- Maskana Center- the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

On the occasion of the beginning of the school year, and in order to encourage children to commit themselves to school time, the mobile team at Meskanah Community Centre carried out a series of awareness-raising activities on the dangers of dropping out of school, targeting children and people in the villages of Wadhah, Hayet and Sukaria in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

These activities were carried out jointly by the Syrian Society for Social Development and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and included promoting the importance of science, its positive impact on the future of children, the importance of communicating with and supporting children in their school careers, discussing the risks of dropout and difficulties impeding children's school attendance, and sharing solutions that help reduce dropout.

Parents and children interacted in activities and said:

"Financial difficulties affecting children's education and overall educational conditions"

"I got my eyes on how I could communicate with my son without beating him or depriving him of something and support him in order to go to the school."

"I knew that if I had a problem with the school that I needed to share it with my family and don't let it affect my future."

"I learned from the session that I have to ask for help. when there is hard for me in the study, and don't feel shy."

"I knew the importance of learning in our lives and we need to be hard worker to reach our goal."


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