I live in Damascus and I am a father of two wonderful kids: Sami (10 years) and Sara (2 years).

The City of Damascus is somewhat safe and calm; on the other hand, its countryside is not safe and violent.

I am very concerned about my kids’ future and education.

I live in a country named the most dangerous country in the world nowadays.

Torn apart by a horrific and devastating war between rebel forces and the Syrian regime, Syria is facing an enormous humanitarian crisis. In major cities, airstrikes are a near permanent fixture, killing thousands. Almost half a million people have died since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. ISIL huge presence in the nation makes the situation even worse.

Whenever I talk about the education of my kids with my friends, I get the same comments: “Poor Sami and Sarah. We are very sad for them that their education and future will be bad because of the Syrian conflict”

These comments will make any person pessimistic; however, I am happy and optimistic about my kids’ education and future. Why?!  I will explain.

In today’s complex world, children’s futures are determined by their ability to master the basics of reading, science, math and computers.

What I can do with a low income and salary. Right now the average salary for Syrians is about $80.

Well, I did overcome this situation. Thanks to online education.

I already have a laptop with high-speed Internet connection.

I searched for online learning sites for kids; I found a lot of paid sites. And after a little search, I found some free online education websites.

In today’s complex world, children’s futures are determined by their ability to master the basics of reading, science, math and computers.

Online Learning for kids is a great way to build the skills that kids need to succeed.

Sami is learning for free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding

As a western-educated person, I know that the education system in Syria is not very good; however, it has some positive benefits.

In Arab culture, relationships with parents are based on respect and honor for elders, and obligation to family. Children owe respect to their parents, who in turn should govern, and teach them responsibly and justly, that translates into children honoring their family by succeeding in school. Parents, in turn, deem their top parental responsibility is educating their children well.

The Syrian education system teaches the kids to respect their parents who are working very hard to raise their kids and the value of the family. Anyone will l face problems in his life and the members of the family will help and support each other.

So my kid is learning free of charge with very good education under our eyes and supervision and taking classes as a regular student in a Syrian private school.

Now, for the future; I am very optimistic.

When I was in America, I worked two shifts and for a long period of time so I can cover the expenses of my higher education. Well, nowadays things look easier. Thanks to the scholarship opportunities in solidarity with Syrians

Last year, In America more than 10,000 students at colleges across the country have signed a petition asking their schools to offer scholarships for Syrians.

The Illinois Institute of Technology, Monmouth College in Illinois, Montclair State University in New Jersey and the University of Evansville in Indiana has offered the largest number of scholarships to Syrian students. Other schools, including Dartmouth, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, DePaul in Chicago and the University of New Mexico have also provided scholarships. More than 60 institutions around the world are taking part in the program.

For the whole above, I am happy and optimistic about my kids’ education and