Advocacy & Policy
RR strives to promote Syrian issues within the British landscape through work on policy and media.
We have advised policy makers on Syria and have worked with policy makers on both local and national scales to address pertinent issues facing British Syrians like:
■ Closure of Syrians' bank accounts
■ Airport stops
■ Police visits to homes
■ Delayed processing times for asylum applications
■ Allowing Syrian dependants into the UK
RR also cultivates personal relationships with media professionals to influence the framework by which Syria is discussed. We serve as a critical source of information on the Syrian conflict for journalists. RR strives to clarify the complexities of the Syrian conflict to the wider British public and to promote Syrian issues within the British landscape.
As the voice of the Syrian community, one of RR's objectives is to clarify the situation in Syria to the wider UK audience. One means by which we do so is through organising seminars and hosting academic conferences that draw in leading academics and community organisers for discussion and insight on often overlooked aspects of the Syrian conflict. We also organise demonstrations and public vigils to remind British public about the ongoing catastrophe occurring in Syria.
For more on our advocacy work click here.
RR provides community assistance and support to improve lives and promote aspirations of Syrians in the UK.
Refugee support: In response to the growing number of Syrian immigrants to the UK, RR has established an advice service that provides support with immigration matters, benefits, and job searches, thus working to improve the economic and social well-being of British Syrian residents and helping them to become self-reliant in their new country.
Social gatherings: RR also brings the Syrian community together during these difficult times experienced in their mother country. RR organises social gatherings for the Syrian community during Eid days and Christmas and Easter holidays, a time when many Syrians, away from family and friends, may feel particularly lonely or isolated.
Annual Syrian day: Our annual 'Syrian Fun Day' is a celebration of Syrian heritage that brings together hundreds of people from all over the country. Typically hosted during the summer, this event is widely attended by guests and dignitaries who enjoy Syrian food and explore a market-style array of clothing, literature, souvenirs, and more.
Monthly Seminars: As implied by our name Rethink Rebuild Society, we are heavily invested in stimulating debate and promoting discussion within our community. Our monthly seminars address issues pertaining to Syria or the Syrians and allow for constructive discussion and debate.
For more on our community work click here.
As the crisis in Syria spans a number of years, the risk of losing a generation grows with every day that the situation deteriorates. Nearly three million children have not attended school or had any type of education for more than three years. Huge efforts are needed to reduce the impact of the crises on these children. One such required effort is to bring these children back to school.
Rethink Rebuild Society, in collaboration with a number of charities and organisations, has already initiated educational projects as well as children and adolescent protection programmes. We have helped establish and support schools in several parts of Syria that together are accommodating thousands of Syrian children of varying ages.
These schools aim to develop students spiritually, morally, socially and educationally so that they are equipped to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges that they encounter in their communities. These schools also support students psychologically, especially given that the majority of them have suffered from the violence that they have witnessed. Moreover, specialist staff are available to help disabled students or students with special needs.
Types of support:
■ Establishing regular and field schools.
■ Opening classes for disabled and special needs children.
■ Supplying school supplies and equipment.
■ Providing stationary, uniforms and meals for children.
■ Paying teachers' salaries.
■ Providing psychological and medical support.
■ Providing staff training
For more on our education work click here.