In 2012, I Learn initiative was initiated by Saddam Sayyaleh, a non- profit initiative started by mobilizing youth volunteers to work with children and provide them with access to non-traditional learning opportunities and access to safe spaces where they can interact, express themselves freely, and acquire the skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary in life. I Learn later expanded to other areas of implementation and was able to gain the support of several entities; both private and public which opened up the opportunity (but also the need) to expand and formalize the operation.
We believe at I Learn that the root cause of those challenges that our children and youth are facing stem from a discouraging education system, violence and discrimination, lack of role models and a widening gap between the generations. Children have few safe outlets for social or recreational activities, and limited means to express themselves. They are not adequately engaged in positively shaping environment around them. Children have few chances to further develop their leadership skills and enhance their critical thinking skills.
Relying on this fact, I Learn was able to formalize and adopt innovative- informal techniques during trainings, creating a relaxed friendly atmosphere and also making it easier for children to reflect on the information and use it in real life. The emphasis is on creativity in the context of disciplined, practical research into the relevant genres. In addition, each class of the summer camp was designed to foster critical, reflective and informed practice, help children understand the dynamic and changing nature of their surroundings, explore the diversity of arts and technology across time, place and cultures, and express themselves with confidence and competence.