Over one million Syrian refugees have arrived in Lebanon since the Syrian civil war began. Refugees from Syria now make up a staggering 1-in-5 of the population. Services are overwhelmed. Social, political and economic tensions run high.
Over 500,000 of the refugee population are children. Around 70% are not in school. With no end to the civil war in sight, if these children are not enabled to access education, their future is bleak – which in turn makes the future prosperity of the Syrian nation a fading dream.
We are helping Syrian refugee children access education. In partnership with Lebanese agency ‘Out of the Wilderness Lebanon’, we are supporting over 100 refugee children, aged 5-12, attending an informal ‘shack school’ in the heart of a roadside refugee settlement in the Bekaa Valley, in eastern Lebanon. The shack school teaches Arabic, Mathematics and either French or English, with five morning sessions and five afternoon sessions each week. The ‘shack’ is a large tent similar in construction to many of the refugee homes. We are committed to funding this project until June 2019.