Finalist category: Education Award
Education Award, Finalist, 2021
Seenaryo is a leading specialist in theatre and play-based learning with marginalised communities in Lebanon and Jordan. Our story began in 2015 when our co-founders piloted two summer theatre camps with a group of Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Since then, we have grown our programmes to reach 67,000 children, youth and women. We use theatre and play to transform education and equip people with the tools to collaborate, think critically and build transferable skills.
While our beginnings were in theatre, we soon realised that music, story and play belong just as much in the classroom as they do on stage. Schools wanted our help to get children up from their desks and immersed in their learning, so we developed the Seenaryo Playkit: an app and teacher training that help bring the curriculum to life with hundreds of games, songs and interactive stories.
At the start of the pandemic, our education team realised we couldn’t just work with teachers – parents and caregivers needed our help too. We went back to the drawing board and developed I Learn From Home. The Playkit was adapted into a series of videos and simple at-home lesson plans for caregivers to lead, with signposts to pages in their children’s curriculum books. Each week we’d design the lessons, shoot footage, edit rapidly, and distribute via our partners on the ground who would WhatsApp the communities we were reaching. Our partners supported families with phone calls and voice-notes, and 93% of families participated actively, sending back homework, photos and videos.
Our bitesized, easy to understand materials have since been shared with 9,500 of the poorest families across Lebanon & Jordan. I Learn From Home allowed children to keep learning and playing, and equipped parents and caregivers – even those who are illiterate – to teach.