"It will be a weapon in my hand”: The Protective Potential of Education for Adolescent Syrian Refugee Girls in Lebanon

  • Stephanie Chow Garbern Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Shaimaa Helal Queen's University
  • Saja Michael ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality
  • Nikkole J. Turgeon Robert Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont
  • Susan Bartels Queen’s University

Abstract

This study uses over 140 first-person narratives from adolescent Syrian girls and Syrian parents displaced to Lebanon and literature from the Education in Emergencies (EiE) field to examine the concept of the protective potential of education. The findings illustrate the interplay between the risks taken to obtain education versus the protective potential of education for this vulnerable group. For this study population, protection risks frequently outweighed the protective potential of education and ultimately influenced decision-making at the individual level on continuation of education in Lebanon.

 

Author Biographies

Stephanie Chow Garbern, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Stephanie Chow Garbern, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an affiliated fellow of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. The author may be contacted at sgarbern@brown.edu.

Shaimaa Helal, Queen's University

Shaimaa Helal is a medical student at Queen’s University. The author may be contacted at shelal@qmed.ca.

Saja Michael, ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality

Saja Michael, MPH, is a Gender & Diversity technical adviser at ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality. The author may be contacted at saja.michael@abaadmena.org.

Nikkole J. Turgeon, Robert Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Nikkole J. Turgeon is a medical student at Robert Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont. The author may be contacted at nikkole.turgeon@gmail.com.

Susan Bartels, Queen’s University

Susan Bartels, MD, MPH, FRCPC, is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Queen’s University. The author may be contacted at susanabartels@gmail.com.

Published
2020-04-25
How to Cite
Garbern, S. C., Helal, S., Michael, S., Turgeon, N. J., & Bartels, S. (2020). "It will be a weapon in my hand”: The Protective Potential of Education for Adolescent Syrian Refugee Girls in Lebanon. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 36(1), 3-13. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40609