Balloons are a symbol of joy for children, whose dreams grow and expand and rise to the sky just as balloons do. At the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Baqa’a camp, Jordan, the Agency teamed up with Oxfam to help nurture the dreams of 30 of the school’s students and 30 young Palestine refugees from Syria now studying with them, as well as 10 Syrian refugee students now at Jordanian government schools.
According to the school’s head teacher, Amani Hindi, “The activity is beautiful and different. The children need to play in order to grow, and their need to play increases in wartime and suffering.”
Each refugee child has his or her own dream in life. The children who participated drew their wishes and dreams on small papers and attached them to their balloons and released them to fly in the air, sending a message that children deserve life!
Ms. Hindi noted: “Their drawings are beautiful. Some of them are sorrowful, but their wishes remain beautiful.”
Gardinya, one of the children, looked wistfully at the balloons. “I am Syrian and studying at Baqaa School”, she said. “I like my friends, teachers and all of you.” A second-grader from Baqa’a camp, Ismail, added: “I like my colleagues who came from Syria.” With folklore dances, drawing and the floating balloons, the children showed their love for one another, for play, and for their hope for the future.