A grassroots education initiative in Lebanon has brought renewed dignity and hope to young Syrians uprooted by war
In a disused hospital in Lebanonâ€™s Bekaa valley, three teenage refugees set to work on a robot. Despite intermittent power cuts and blazing summer temperatures, the team buckle down, sweaty and studious, to program the robot to pick up and stack a number of small cones. It is a task requiring skills in coding, engineering, maths and science â€“ an assignment unlike anything they learned back home across the border.
â€śIn Syria, we could only hope to work on something like robotics, with so much innovation, and here we actively can,â€ť says Weeam Salem, 17, who fled Damascus at dawn in 2014 by taxi with her family and nothing but a small backpack, after bombs began flattening her neighbourhood.