Syrian children in rehabilitated school in Lebanon

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


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The crisis in the neighbouring Syria is raging on. In Lebanon it is always present. Meanwhile more than 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 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. Less than 50 percent of the Syrian children could get registered in Lebanese schools. Among juveniles the rate is especially low.
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One reason for this fact lies in the almost totally privatized school system in Lebanon: Many of the often moneyless refugee families cannot afford the high expanses which 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 self realisation, social justice and prosperity. Investment in education stands for investment in development. Therefore arche noVa concentrates on promoting the education in Lebanon, together with our local partner organization “Social Support Society”. The purpose of our project in the Bekaa district is to enable free access to education for Syrian girls and boys.

In the beginning of the project we supported two schools with more than 1,000 pupils. At the moment we work at one school with around 540 children. arche noVa participated at the extension of the schools. For example we replaced defect electrical leads, repaired heating systems and rehabilitated sanitary facilities. Furthermore we equiped 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 surched contact to  the fled Syrien families and talked to the parents about our educational program. We informed them about the curriculum, the learning concept and the free transport to school.

At 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 pedagogy.

The children receive a school-education free of costs: Four hours per day, six days a week the pupils go to school. Classes take place in the afternoon and on Saturdays, because in the morning the school is already used by the existing school community. Besides the compulsory subjects there are social pedagogy offers, for example a choir.

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

The attendance of pupils and teachers is recorded daily. It is steadily consistent on a very high level. This can be seen as a huge success, as the children's presence cannot be taken for granted. Syrian children often have to work to participate in the livelihood of the family. At the end of a school year the students receive a report that is legally accepted by schools in both Lebanon and Syria.

This measure is partially financed by tax money on the basis of the budget resolved by the members of the Saxon parliament.

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Notebook, books, pens for one child for one school year
School uniforms for eight pupils

Project Overview

Target Group

Currently 540 children between 5 and 17 years, as well as local employees in Ghazza school


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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