Primary School Poster Competition

Ahmad, 51, teaches maths in the schoolhouse he built in the informal settlement where he lives in jordan
Ahmad, 51, teaches maths in the schoolhouse he built in the informal settlement where he now lives in Mafraq, Jordan.

Meet Ahmad - he was a farmer in Syria, but civil war forced him and his family to leave in 2012. The civil war in Syria has forced almost 12 million people to flee their homes and left over 2 million children out of school.

When Ahmad saw none of the children in his community could read or write, he decided to be their teacher. He teaches more than 40 Syrian children, ranging from 5 to 13 in Mafraq, Jordan. The school children meet at 8am to noon, six days a week and the walls of the classroom are covered in posters teaching English, Arabic, science and maths.

A boy attends class in a tent in an informal settlement outside Mafraq, Jordan

What would we like you to do?

Take a moment to think about how Ahmed's classroom compares to your own. What is similar and what is different?

Now we would like you to draw a poster. On one half of your poster we would like you to draw your own classroom and on the other half Ahmad's classroom.

By doing this, you are becoming a global humanitarian. This means you are showing your support and looking out for children all over the world.


“Children in this generation are the future. Because of that, I started this school.” - Ahmad



The Guidelines

Who can enter?

Any primary school student. 

What should I draw my poster on?

An A4 piece of paper.

What colours can I use?

Any! You can use as many as you like. You can use felt-tips, paints, crayons and pencils.

When is the competition?

The closing date is 25th May 2020 and the winner will be announced in June.

Is there a prize?

The winning poster will be turned into our 2020 Thank You cards we send to our supporters and fundraisers to show our appreciation.

Where do I send my poster?

If you are able and it is safe to, please send your poster to us at Mercy Corps, 96/3 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX.

Alternatively, you can send us a picture or scanned copy of your poster to our email address:

Unfortunately we are unable to return posters that get sent by post, and we ask that you keep all original posters that have been emailed to us until after the winner is announced.

All competition entries must include the student's name, age, and name of school on the reverse of each poster.

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