Syrian children in rehabilitated school in Lebanon

Lebanon: Syrian refugee children receive the basic right to education in Lebanon


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Meanwhile 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, a country with only a few more inhabitants than Berlin. So more than every fifth inhabitant of the small state, which is almost entirely surrounded from Syria, is a refugee from Syria. Almost half of the refugees in Lebanon are children, who instead of learning in schools and playing with classmates are left on their own devices. Only about 50 percent of the Syrian children could get registered in Lebanese schools.
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One reason for this fact lays in the almost totally privatized school system in Lebanon: Many of the often moneyless refugee families cannot afford the high expanses who come along with it. The few public schools are hardly able to cover their own demands. The rapid population increase overburdened them completely. Ailing buildings, defect toilets, small classrooms and not enough tables – there is a lack of everything. But education is the key to a more just world and investing in education means investing in the future. Therefore arche noVa concentrates on promoting the education in Lebanon, together with our partner organization “Social Support Society”. The purpose of our project in the Bekaa district is to enable a free access to education for Syrian girls and boys.

As a first measure we supported the extension of those schools who are involved in our project. For example we replace defect electrical leads, repair heating systems and rehabilitate sanitary facilities. Furthermore we equip the selected schools with tables, benches, blackboards and cupboards. Beneficiaries of these extensive measures are not only the Syrian kids but all schoolchildren.

To gather as many children - who often have been out of school for a long time - as possible for our project, we explain the Syrian parents about the “new” education possibilities. In meetings and personal conversations we inform about the curriculum, the different school types, the learning concept and the free transport to school.

The children get taught by Lebanese and Syrian teaching staff – also refugees – who before got trained by Lebanese teachers. Beyond that arche noVa provides training opportunities for the involved teaching staff, like in diversity of methods and pedagogics.

For the children that means swotting: Four hours per day, five days a week the pupils go to school. Classes take place in the afternoon and on Saturdays, because the school is already used by the existing school community. Besides the compulsory subjects there are social pedagogy offers like choir, football, theatre and other activities, to increase the school registration.

Additionally the needy schoolchildren are distributed with free teaching aids, like books and notebooks.  

A continuous monitoring of all activities and an intensive networking of all participants are of special importance in this project. That way we secure the high quality and sustainability of the project and achieve a professional input in the Lebanese education system. In the long run the positive results of the project shall strengthen the Lebanese and the Syrian civil society.

This measure is partly financed by tax money based on the household decided by the members of the Saxon parliament.

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Notebook, Books, pens for one child for one school year
Meals and snacks for three children for one month
School uniforms for eight pupils

Project Overview

Target Group

750 children between 5 and 17 years, as well as local employees in two schools


Establish free access to education for Syrian boys and girls, as well as strengthen the national education system

  • Rehabilitation of schools
  • Implementation of information campaigns for education opportunities of children and adolescents
  • Distribution of school material and uniforms
  • Equip schools with furniture (cupboards, tables, blackboards etc.)
  • Funding of teacher salariesTraining of Syrian teaching staff to the Lebanese curriculum
  • Elaborate a plan for further education for the teaching staff (diversity of methods, pedagogics etc.)
  • Assisting traumatized children through skilled employees
  • Offering leisure activities (choir, football etc.) through volunteers
Since October 2015
Co-operation partners

Social Support Society

  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Federal State of Saxony
  • Private donors
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