This project provides funding for 100 Syrian kindergarteners in the south of Lebanon, giving the children an important education while also addressing their psycho-social needs during a time of insecurity. They learn numbers, do art work and play team games that encourage teamwork, self-discipline, trust and sharing. On top of this, the teachers for the school are from the refugee community, providing them an opportunity to use their professional skills.
There are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon but only an estimated 30% of the 400,000 Syrian refugee school-aged children are receiving an education. The situation for refugees is further exacerbated due to the COVID-19 situation. The students are attending school two days a week on a rolling basis and attending classes online on other days. The quality and efficiency of the classes are largely compromised due to the lack of technology devices as lots of families are sharing devices.
Purchasing a tablet for each student not only enables students to maintain the consistency between in person and online classes and teamwork but also allows the continuity of social and psychological connection with their teachers and peers at school without risking their well-being. Additionally, these tablets will release pressure on the parents so that they won't worry about sharing their phones and interrupting the classes when phone calls come in.
As the only NPO education organisation providing free preschool education in that area, the kindergarten prepares Syrian children for entry into the Lebanese school system which is different from the system in their home country. The students are able to learn about their new home and the expectations for them at the Lebanese schools. Having established a solid foundation for future learning, they are succeeding in passing to next levels of education with a 97% rate of graduation.