Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon

by Insan Association
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Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon
Provide Education for Refugee Children in Lebanon

Marhaba from Insan school,

Even though we were really hoping three months ago that we will be able to start returning to the classrooms soon, things suddenly took a U-turn and the Government of Lebanon launched a state-wide full lockdown in January that lasted for more than a month and followed by a gradual reopening that is happening till today.

However, Insan did not let itself be discouraged by this course of the events. Instead, our team is always trying to find alternative ways to overcome the difficulties. Students of Sad El Bouchrie center had the opportunity to continue improving their Arabic skills online and attend psychosocial support sessions that were conducted over the phone.

For our vocational training students who learn cooking and pastry, the chefs filmed a few tutorials in the kitchen lab with the help of our amazing communication team and shared those with the students via YouTube. Even though we cannot oblige the students to replicate the meals at home because they come from disadvantaged families with poor financial means, they can still learn new skills from the videos and prepare themselves for the upcoming classes in the kitchen.

The students of Insan’s Tyre center also had the chance to attend English, Arabic and math classes – some online, some in the classroom. Besides, some recreational activities were organised. As many children find themselves bored at home these days the teachers were trying to offer them some fun things to do together while keeping the social distance. Interactive games were played and music sessions and sing-alongs were held through video chat.

In Bekaa camps we were forced to stop our activities for a bit because online sessions are impossible in these harsh circumstances. Yet, this week the classes have started again.

At these difficult times, where social distancing is setting barriers to human interactions, it is crucial to show the vulnerable communities that they are not alone and they still have something to do and someone to talk to. Insan will do its utmost best to always be there for the most vulnerable.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon.

Best regards,

The INSAN team

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Marhaba from Insan school,

The past year has been rather exceptional, very different from any previous years. The school year started off normally and children were so happy to come back to us. However, on 17th October 2019 thawra (revolution) started and because there were violent clashes taking place on the streets between the protesters and the authorities, children were not allowed to come to school for weeks. At times, when the situation calmed down a bit we were able to run the classes but sadly they were still on and off all the time.

In March Covid-19 started to gain ground globally and Lebanon was not spared from the pandemic either. The safety measures adapted by the state have been quite strict which is obviously good for stopping the spread of the pandemic. Yet, it will certainly leave gaps in students’ education. If in Europe and U.S. and also in the Lebanese private schools a lot of schoolwork was moved online during the pandemic (even though it has been difficult also there), it was much more difficult for us to achieve. Not all our students have access to a computer, a smartphone or internet. However, we have done our best to adapt our educational activities to the current situation. As there is still a considerable amount of students who can access online materials, we have started with some online learning activities, including sharing information through WhatsApp.

At the same time, we have also continued to have some classes when there is no lockdown in place. This has been crucial to all students but especially for the ones without access to online learning. All the precautionary measures have been taken in the classes. The number of students has been decreased by almost a half in each class, everyone is wearing a face mask, hand sanitizer is provided and body temperature is taken before entering the classroom.

We have also managed to start with cooking classes and the first group has even graduated by now. Furthermore, school renovation is ongoing and we are in the process of equipping our second kitchen lab.

We wish everybody to stay strong and safe and hopefully already in the next report we can bring you more good news about the activities going back to normal.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN team

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Syoufi girls student visiting Insan center
Syoufi girls student visiting Insan center

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Maalouf blg, 7th floor
Achrafieh, Beirut
Lebanon

 

July 2019

Merhaba from Insan school,

The classes ended on the last days on June, we felt a bit of disappointment from children who had to leave Insan center…
But it’s just the beginning of a summer adventure!


Most of them will come back for summer classes for all the summer of July and August. We were expecting for 60 children along these 2 months, we are usually proposing workshops on specific sectors where weaknesses were identified, and we continue althought our games on psycho-social support. During these workshops, we are welcoming 25 new children, living in the area of Sad El Baouchryie. Also, we had the great surprise that 60 of our former and graduated students wanted to attend the summer sessions for a total of 80 children regularly attending our activities.
We mainly focus on soft learnings through games on the morning and children are free to play here or at their homeplace on the afternoon.

Our teachers went in vacations but still animators are replacing them and supporting our beloved students during the summer. Drawing and sculpting lessons will be proposed in August, following our professional teacher Charles’ availability. These classes are open to children and their families if they wish, we’re promoting the social cohesion inside families.

To make a review on the last months, you could find enclosed several pictures of our kids meeting older students from Lebanese schools partnering with Insan.
Insan center went to meet The Protestant School's student based in Beirut. Comfortably seated in the sofa, Insan's children received information and had a good overview on the environment they would joined after graduating to Insan’s center. Evry of them felt comforted and empowered to follow Insan classes to attend a traditional school in the future.

Although, our KinderGarden 3rd grade hosted for one day the girls student of Saint Cœur College from Syoufi. The young students went to Insan center loaded with gifts for the youngest children and plenty of activities to do with them. Our classes also had the opportunity in June to have the annual zoo visit, where our teacher carefully explained to the student animals’ life and world but also where do they really belong.

For next year, Insan’s team have plenty of idea in mind for improve the experience of our student in Insan center :
First of all we would like to hire internal volunteer for the school, he/she will be in charge of giving high standards cooking classes to our children. If one of our donors is interested, please contact us !
Insan is also planning to renovate our school in Sad Al BAouchryie! Our building is spacious enough to host our students but we would like to add new activities gathering families and siblings, to further increase the social cohesion between communities and within the families.

Like always, Insan Association is warmly thanking you for your donations and all Insan team is hoping you will continue to follow us!

Insan students with Insan director
Insan students with Insan director
Insan student with older girl from Syoufi college
Insan student with older girl from Syoufi college
Insan children playing during summer workshops
Insan children playing during summer workshops
Insan student visiting Protestant school
Insan student visiting Protestant school
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Relax time in school playground
Relax time in school playground

Merhaba from Insan school,

Winter slowly goes away meanwhile spring is settling in Lebanon.To stay enthusiastic and energetic during the winter, Insan planned new promising workshops to keep children learning and to enhance motivation to come to the school.

Thanks to different funders and donators from GlobalGiving, Insan welcomed 12 new pupils during winter, 7 in January, 4 in February and 1 in March. These arrivals were only possible because Insan identified children in need, the number of children by class is generally limited to 20 students.

The center is welcoming various types of public : from 4 to 7 years old, children are supported to integrate Lebanese school. From 7 to 10 y.o, it’s becoming more difficult to make them reach Lebanese traditional school, so they have to pass an adding exam implemented by UNICEF to attend Lebanese schools. Insan wants to insist on 10 to 14 y.o children, to give the opportunity to be self-confident but also to discover new skills through socio-educative workshops.Some of them are illeterates because of war in their home countries or they couldn’t reach a Lebanese school.Through language lessons, Insan also wants to work deepen with beneficiaries between 10 and 14.Those are the priority of Insan and we are looking further to supporting them to feel conscious they could bring a lot to the society.

Regarding the students concerns, they elected cooking classes to be implemented, so Insan recruited one French and one Iranian cook' chefs to provide vocational training every Friday morning. Resulting a very comfortable feeling and a perfumed smell spreading all around the school. Insan provided all the tools and utilities needed to help students producing their tasty meals.These activities are a part of the vocational training that Insan committed to implement in the Beirut’s center project, it allows teenagers to get out of marginalization and to feel empowered on their capabilities.

Our cooking and drawing/sculpture classes are implemented since 2 months now, but also informatics and English courses are an example of what we are proposing to children. Insan provided computers to the student for informatics classes’, teached by an international volunteer, he supported them to use Pack Office and to learn about topic presentation of their daily life. Our dedicated educational team is fully involved to bring the maximum of personal and professional skills to the students.They implemented some awareness sessions about garbage collection and upcycling and some scientific experimentation once a week.

The association' teams (psychosocial, educational, animation) are always thinking about improving the daily life of the students. Consequently, Insan back office team is looking forward to create new partnership to multiply animations and workshop for beneficiaries. For example, Insan is looking for youth organizations, and motivated volunteers to give classes and animation sessions.

Once a week, a youth based Lebanese association will come over to provide life' skills classes, to work with children on oral expression and make awareness on Gender Based Violence. These trainings are an added value to the workshops that student are already receiving. Every Thursday, a psychologist and animator come to the center, to support children and their families about their daily life issues and traumas.

Regarding its holistic approach, Insan is including the family shell in its projects, based on beneficiaries’ concerns. Insan is conscious about lack of exchanges between host and refugees communities, the Insan staff is improving awareness session’s about intercultural dialogue and women’s rights and violence for example. We are always try to workshops on sensitive topics, which are maybe not prioritary for students once at home.

Middle of April, Insan’s children from KinderGarden 2 ( mostly 5 y.o) are invited to visit a lebanese school, to see where they go afterward. They will proibably spend the entire day with others students, exchanging and playing.

Children are enthusiast to play outside on sunny days again. The school trip for 2019 is not decided yet but all our staff is looking forward to have as a good time as last year zoo viewing !

Thank you for your generosity and looking forward to hear bck from you !

KinderGarden children around their teacher Lilas
KinderGarden children around their teacher Lilas
Psycho-social support with families
Psycho-social support with families
Cooking class with older students
Cooking class with older students
Children in playground
Children in playground
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Insan School is settled in Sad Al Baouchriye near Beirut, since 4 years now and welcome children from different origins, from migrant or vulnerable Lebanese families or refugees from Syria, Iraq of Palestine. The school aims to provide literacy and education to children, and to welcome them in a safe place during daytime. Most of the time, those children working in the street for days, without education or any family support.

For this 2017-2018 project partially funded by Global Giving, Insan wanted to strengthen the link between these children and their families, to empower them to find their place in Lebanon and to have an outlook on their future.

 Lebanese traditional schools don’t offer many opportunities for these vulnerable communities. Due to discrimination and modest economic situation children and families cannot access their fundamental rights. Because of the massive arrivals of refugees in Lebanon during the last few years, the Lebanese society is less and less tolerant with these communities and Insan is working to foster intercultural living and knowledge overpassing stereotypes. Furthermore, Insan tries to facilitate their stay in and their integration in Lebanon, and also providing them with tools and skills for their communities when they return to countries of origin.

Street children are dependents of what their find in streets most of the time families are too modest to offer them 3 meals a day so Insan decided to provide them balanced and healthy meal once a day for children attending classes. Moreover, plenty of cultural activities such as drawing, dance or sports are organized by volunteers to promote raising awareness, self-confidence and intercultural skills.

At least 30 children attended literacy and numeracy classes fit for their level during this project. Teachers and volunteers created a welcoming environment for children with heavy trauma. 3 days a week and 3 hour a day, children are supported by social workers and psychologists, additionally to their class lessons: they received hygiene sessions with hygiene kits.

This project also including families in its approach and is working on a better supporting environment for children through the parents. At least 31 parents get regularly involved in children schooling. Because parents are the keys to allow children to attend schools and continue their studies, Insan is providing a complete protection from its abilities as psycho-social and legal support for children and their families.

Insan had to go through some challenging issues to allow these children to attend school, because of the families’ modest economic conditions so we provided transportation and adapted our program for beneficiaries. Insan also insisted on implementing awareness raising sessions on hygiene and children rights to prevent abuse and disease. Children had some difficulties in learning English and Arabic in the same time so teachers decided to change programs and to implement socio-educative tools that were more relevant with beneficiaries.

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Location: Beirut - Lebanon
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