Without education, children are at risk of being engaged in dangerous labour, getting married too early, or even being recruited into armed groups.
Our education interventions in 2016 supported the enrolment and retention of children in formal schools through community-based monitoring and additional support to ensure children receive appropriate education. Moreover, we have engaged children in quality Non-Formal Education (NFE) programmes designed to prepare children to re-enter formal classes.
We also enrolled children in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programmes in 2016, providing quality holistic interventions at the critical stages of a child’s development. Save the Children also builds the capacity of teachers to develop engaging teaching skills across NFE and ECCD projects.
EDUCATION ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
• SUPPORT FOR FORMAL EDUCATION
The Government of Lebanon has opened up spaces in formal schools for Syrian refugee children. Those who are eligible can join the first-shift (normal school hours) or second-shift (additional classes put on later in the day) and work towards recognised certification. Save the Children supports children who are academically ready to join these classes through community awareness raising, provision of transport allowances and remedial education programmes. For the 2016-2017 school year we referred around 50,000 children to public schools, through the Back to School campaign.
• REMEDIAL EDUCATION
An after school programme for Syrian or Lebanese children who attend public school and need additional learning support. These classes support children through the transition into formal schooling and the difficulties faced in changing curriculum and language of instruction, with the ultimate goal being to improve retention rates in public schools.
• NON-FORMAL EDUCATION
Following rnrolment in formal school, Save the Children provided Non-Formal Education (NFE) activities, with 7,304 children reached across Lebanon. The NFE programmes include Homework Support and Basic Literacy and Numeracy, for girls and boys aged 6-14 years. Homework Support, delivered by a qualified teacher or volunteer, provides additional academic support to children attending formal school that are at risk of dropping out.
• EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT (ECCD):
Save the Children implements Early Childhood Care and Development programmes in Bekaa Valley and North Lebanon, where vulnerable children between 3-6 years of age attend activities that qualify them for school years ahead. Implemented directly and through partners, the ECCD project has reached more than 5,000 children.