12.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

UNESCO expands its emergency response in Lebanon through non-formal education

Thirty practitioners receive their training certificates to run education programmes in the Bekaa region

UNESCO Office in Beirut hosted today a special ceremony in its premises in Bir Hassan during which thirty education practitioners received their certificates for participating in an advanced training on education in a non-formal setting in the Bekaa region.

Teachers, administrators, social workers, and counsellors working with elementary, intermediate and secondary schools’ students in the Bekaa district, gathered with representatives from UNESCO Beirut Office and KAYANI foundation in this event that featured speeches from UNESCO Director Hamed Al-Hammami, Head of KAYANI foundation Noura Jumblat, as well as testimonies from this training’s beneficiaries.

In his opening speech, Dr. Hamed Al-Hammami praised the partnership between UNESCO and KAYANI foundation in dealing with the Syrian Crisis, emphasizing that “education is essential to provide solutions for all the problems facing marginalized communities, especially refugees”. Dr. Al-Hammami also highlighted the features of non-formal Education in emergency settings, and the need to train education providers that work in this field, including administrators, teachers, and facilitators, on the provision of psycho-social support through education.

Ms, Jumblat focused on the outputs of this initiative, stressing that education is "the most powerful weapon and the most effective way to face life's challenges”. She considered that "creative solutions are required to contribute to lifting barriers to universal access to quality education, and non-formal education constitutes one of the main methods to achieving this end". KAYANI representative also noted that these certificates should be officially accredited and recognized, which would allow their holder to re-engage in the education process".

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 collaborated with KAYANI Foundation to provide training and technical services to education practitioners, students, and affected families in the region.

In its first phase, this training programme aims to raise the awareness of education 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.

At the end of the training programme, teachers are enabled 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; and
  • 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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