Programs

Back to the Future

21.700 refugee and local vulnerable children received educational support. 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.

Carla Lovato

Humanitarian Aid Coordinator

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Background

Hundreds of thousands of refugee children, aged between 3 and 18, from Syria have sought refuge outside the country, while the conflict has entered its 9 th year. They live with their families in camps or houses, and are especially vulnerable to exploitation, such as child trafficking and child labour. Often, they cannot attend 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 the host community and the refugees affected by the conflict.

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.

With the support of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘EU Madad Fund’, AVSI, Terre des Hommes Italy and War Child Holland launched the project ‘Back to the Future’.

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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.

Overall aim

Phase 1: December 2016 – June 2019

Phase 2: June 2019 – June 2021

Approach

Our educational activities:

In our ‘Back to the Future’ community centers we provide:

  • Community-Based Early Childhood Education for children aged 3 to 5.
  • Basic Literacy and Numeracy for children aged 8 to 14 (phase 1) and 10 to 14 (phase 2). 
  • Foreign language courses, English and French (in Lebanon) to prepare children enrolled in grade 1 to 9. In Lebanon, the teaching language is either English or French, while in the refugees’ country of origin, it’s Arabic.
  • Homework Support for children enrolled in grade 1 to 9.

In public schools we support enrolled children with:

  • Remedial Classes: summer classes for in-school children, enrolled in grade 1 to 9, at risk of drop out/demonstrating poor grades in their previous academic year. 
  • Homework Support: Afternoon classes for in-school children, enrolled in grade 1 to 9, at risk of drop out/demonstrating poor grades in all subjects.

Results

A protective and nurturing environment to increase access to school, inclusion and retention for children impacted by the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon and vulnerable Lebanese. 

Phase 1 in Lebanon

Phase 1 in Jordan

Phase 2 in Jordan

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