'Back to the Future'

Back to the Future

18.682 refugee children back to school

Hundreds of thousands of refugee children from Syria are waiting in Lebanon and Jordan for peace so that they can return to their homes. Most of them are in a hopeless situation. They live with their families in camps and are especially vulnerable to exploitation, such as child trafficking and child labour. They often can not attend school. The project ‘Back to the Future’ answers the educational needs of these children to become the builders of a brighter future for Syria and the region.

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Background

More than 450.000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and more than 240.000 in Jordan are 3 to 18 years old; 60% of them are out of school. An entire  generation is growing up with little reason to nurture hope in a better future, this is why education is crucial for the development of all those  affected by the conflict. With the support of the EU (through the EU Madad Fund), the organisations AVSI, Terre des Hommes Italy, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and War Child Holland launched the project 'Back to the Future'. Over a 3-year period (2016-2019) , the project will enable more than 18,682 refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan to go to school. The aim is to  alleviate the impact of the Syrian crisis on the most vulnerable refugee children and their families as well as the host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. Because going back to school means going ‘back to the future’.

Aim

In Lebanon the Consortium works through a comprehensive, flexible and responsive approach built around RACE II (Reaching All Children with Education Initiative) and the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) to support formal and non-formal activities for preschool and school aged boys and girls.

Approach

Activities of  "Back to the Future' for refugee children?

The project's activities are multiple:

  • Early childhood development programs for children between 3 and 5 years old;
  • Basic literacy and numeracy activities for children between 7 and 14 years old, many children have learning disabilities because they have missed one or more years of schooling;
  • Foreign language courses, English and French (in Lebanon) to prepare children between 10 and 14 years old for education; Education in Lebanon is in English and French, while teaching in Syria is in Arabic.
  • Learning and homework support for children between 7 and 14 years old
  • Psycho-social support (PSS) activities for children between 7 and 14 years old and and their caregivers
  • Repair and renovation of school facilities

As part of the project various school facilities will be renovated to prepare them for the activities. Another important element for the success of the project is the school transport offered to the children, allowing a higher number of children to attend the school courses.  

Results

Lebanon (last update: December 2018)

  • 16,583 children were enrolled in our educational activities.
  • 9,429 children were enrolled in non-formal education activities.
  • 7,154 children benefited from a learning support program.
  • 5,881 children have been referred to formal education.
  • 51,526 individuals have been reached during home visits with information about non formal and formal education opportunities in their communities.
  • 591 staff members, teachers and volunteers, were trained on child protection, first aid and animation skills.

Jordan  (last update: December 2018)

  • 10 schools have been rehabilitated. And 4 schools are still under rehabilitation.
  • 2,252 children enrolled in our educational and non-formal education activities.
  • 44 teachers and education practitioners have been trained.