Learning centers for extra support

Improving the education and inclusion of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

Location:  Lebanon

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  Children learn in a center that provides extra support for refugees in Lebanon.    Seven years into the crisis in Syria, Lebanon hosts 1 million registered Syrian refugees, the highest per capita number of any country.   ©  Kindernothilfe

Children learn in a center that provides extra support for refugees in Lebanon.

Seven years into the crisis in Syria, Lebanon hosts 1 million registered Syrian refugees, the highest per capita number of any country.

© Kindernothilfe

Around 10, 000 Syrian refugees live in the Lebanese community of Ghazza. 4,000 of those refugees are children, whose rights are violated and whose basic needs are not satisfied. Most of these children in Ghazza do not have sufficient access to education and health care – despite national and international efforts. The high number of Syrian refugee children is a considerable strain on the Lebanese school system. Furthermore, integration of Syrian pupils into the formal Lebanese school system is difficult as there is a difference in the two countries’ curricula.

Since January 2017 Kindernothilfe e.V. is working in partnership with ALPHA (Association Lebanese pour la Promotion Humaine et l’Alphabetisation) to realize children’s right to education in Ghazza. This partnership has created a learning center where Syrian children can have extra tuition and English lessons in the morning before they attend the second shift of school in the afternoon.

A team of Syrian and Lebanese professional teachers teach 120 students from grade 1 to 9 to support their successful integration into the Lebanese formal education system. The mix of Syrian and Lebanese professionals is essential for the center: Syrian teachers are often better able to communicate with Syrian students, whereas Lebanese teachers can ensure an integration to Lebanese schools through their familiarity with the Lebanese curriculum.

The Centre offers early childhood education for further 100 children between three and six years. Additionally, a psychologist attends the center regularly and works with individual traumatized children in need.

For more information please contact Magdalene Pac, Magdalene.pac@kindernothilfe.de