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. Refugee children face huge challenges due to the trauma of displacement and continuing uncertainty. The Lebanese education system is under-resourced and overwhelmed by the numbers so the authorities limit the number of refugee children who can join classes.
The kindergarten provides a safe environment for Syrian refugees aged between 3 and 6 years through kindergarten (KG) education services by applying an Early childhood care and development program. The education they receive will make them capable of proceeding with their education in public and private schools of the Lebanese system. It will be an opportunity to enhance community cohesion as it will be inclusive for both genders and all communities.
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.