Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, integration into the school system
CHF 100,000 / year
UBS Optimus Foundation, Zurich
Ana Aqra Association, Beirut
Luminos Fund, Boston
Lebanon is currently the home of 1.5 million Syrian refugees. This number includes 250,000 children of school age who do not or no longer attend school.
The partner organisation Ana Aqra Association, Beirut, Lebanon, and its trained instructors help Syrian refugee children to join the regular Lebanese educational system. In doing so, the organisation relies on an innovative education programme that has been tried and tested in other countries.
Over a period of eight weeks the school children receive basic instruction in reading, writing and mathematics from Lebanese instructors in small classroom settings at the lower-secondary level. The project funds cover the training and salaries of the instructors, the classrooms, the teaching materials and encouraging the parents to get involved.
Two 8-week school cycles of 96 hours each in reading, writing and mathematics are scheduled for each refugee child in primary school. At the end of the school enrolment programme, the refugee children are expected to be able to follow the regular school curriculum for their age group at the Lebanese primary schools.
Every year, 470 refugee children are expected to make the transition to the regular Lebanese school system.