Majd*, 6, who lost his father and grew up with his aunt and uncle, overcomes testing times.

The hugs and kisses that welcome Majd at the doorstep are not his mother’s. It is his aunt who ushers him in with motherly affection. Nadia* treats Majd like any of her six children, only with extra attention and care. "Majd’s father died when he was only a few months old. His mother left to another country. We showed him photos of my brother-in-law and explained what happened.’’

The tragic events affected Majd’s personality as he entered early stages of his childhood. He became aggressive and never trusted other children. "He had no sense of organisation. He would even wake up in the middle of the night and cry because of the nightmares he had. Now, he wakes up in the morning, washes his face, combs his hair and goes to school.’’

Majd now has a second chance at childhood. It took serious efforts by his teachers at Save the Children’s Early Childhood Care and Development classes to initiate this change.

Majd’s teacher, Ghofran, says, ‘’we focused on the emotional side. We knew he was a very smart child - academically speaking - so we worked to enable him to integrate with his new surroundings. He has shown great improvement and is now a better learner. "Majd beams with pride as he comes top in the maths quiz. He beat his closest friend, Hassan*, in the final round. "I won in the [maths] game, but lost in the Mannequin Challenge. I will try to win next time. I like maths but also English and Arabic. When I grow up I want to teach children like my teacher does", says Majd.

WHO IS MAJD

Majd still calls his uncle ‘dad’. He talks to his mother on the phone and asks her if they would ever meet again. At Save the Children’s Early Childhood Care and Development, supported by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, he learns the basics that will prepare him to join school. Since attending the education activities, his behaviour improved drastically.

*Names changes for protection.