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Educational program for Syrian children in Lebanon

There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, making up a quarter of the population and putting severe pressure on a troubled state. Amongst this number are nearly 400,000 Syrian children which has placed a large burden on Lebanese state schools. 
Only an estimated 30% of the Syrian refugee school-aged children are receiving an education. In addition to barriers to access and other challenges, a significant obstacle to integration is language: Syrian schools are taught in Arabic, while Lebanese public schools incorporate both French and English.

Therefore, it is essential to prepare Syrian children for entry into the Lebanese school system. RIJ funds a kindergarten for 100 students in Wadi Zayne in the south of Lebanon. This funding has provided the children with an important education while also addressing their psycho-social needs.

The curriculum focuses on education and psychosocial activities for 4 to 6-year-olds. They learn numbers, play team games and do art work amongst other activities. The team games are particularly important for children who have either experienced trauma or live with insecurity because they encourage teamwork, self-discipline, trust and sharing.

On top of this, the teachers for the school are from the refugee community as many had worked in education before. The kindergarten provides them with a livelihood and a rare opportunity to use their professional skills.

The students will be able to learn about their new home and expectations for them at their new schools and will be able to comfortably participate in school life.

The funding covers teachers’ salaries, stationary, books, uniforms and teaching materials. The teachers are incredibly resourceful and often use simple materials such as paper cups and plates, objects we tend to take for granted, to make animals, sea creatures and even snowmen!

The funding covers teachers’ salaries, stationary, books, uniforms and teaching materials. The teachers are incredibly resourceful and often use simple materials such as paper cups and plates, objects we tend to take for granted, to make animals, sea creatures and even snowmen!

The kindergarten is administered by staff from PARD (Popular Aid for Relief and Development) who provide the premises for the school.