05.05.2016 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Upscaling the educational response for Syrian Refugees in the Bekaa Region - Lebanon

© UNESCO Beirut 2016

As a leading organization in educational provision, planning and development, and with the ongoing refugees’ crisis in the Middle East that is threatening the future of millions of young citizens, UNESCO is increasing and expanding its educational response in the Arab region aiming to meet the educational needs of vulnerable communities in affected countries.

In this framework, and as part of its efforts to support public and private stakeholders in developing prompt and relevant assistance mechanisms, UNESCO Office in Beirut is collaborating with KAYANI Foundation to provide training and technical services to education practitioners, students, and affected families in the region.

Held under the UNESCO HAWER programme, this training focuses on building the capacities of teachers, administrators, social workers, and counselors working in non-formal education, and with elementary, intermediate and secondary schools’ students in the Bekaa district.

In its first phase, extending from March to June 2016, this training programme aims to raise the awareness of education practitioners, facilitators and teachers active in the context of the Syrian refugees’ crisis on the general aspects of working in emergency situations, and allow them to better respond to the needs of affected children and families.

The training intends to equip education practitioners and teachers with necessary professional knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable them to effectively and confidently perform their duties. At the end of the training programme, teachers will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of Education in Emergencies.
  • Understand how children learn under stress and respond to difficult situations. 
  • Manage the teaching and learning process and space under the specific conditions of emergencies.
  • Use child-centered methodologies of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate self-confidence and motivation in performing their duties.
  • Assess students learning needs and use flexible modes of delivery and planning. § Adapt and enrich the teaching content in core learning areas (Arabic, English, Maths and Science) to respond to students’ needs.

Since March 2011, the Syrian conflict has generated one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in recent history. The situation in the country and the conditions for refugees in neighbouring countries continues to deteriorate.

Almost 12.2 million Syrians now need assistance, and more than 4 million have fled to neighbouring countries, a third of them school-aged children and youth between 5 and 17 years old.

UNESCO has been active in responding to this crisis, particularly by assisting Syrian refugees and host communities in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon.

In the field of education, UNESCO’s response is focusing on youth education and empowerment, providing educational opportunities and enhancing quality of teaching and learning both in formal and non-formal settings for young people affected by the crisis in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Priority areas for UNESCO action inside Syria are teacher training in technical and vocational education, accelerated learning programmes, extra-curricular activities, and psycho-social support.

Under the HAWER programme, this new initiative builds on UNESCO previous achievements and complements its ongoing activities in terms of providing access to education to children and youth from communities affected by the Syrian crisis.

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