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"Independent Reader... Lifelong Learner"

ANA AQRA ASSOCIATION is an independent nonprofit organization that advances literacy and autonomous learning for underprivileged children in Lebanese public schools. Founded in 1994 under the name Iqra Association, ANA AQRA has since expanded its services to address the educational, cultural and psychosocial needs of communities within and surrounding the public educational system.

ANA AQRA’s core programs focus on student integration, student retention and teacher training towards long-term sustainability.

The secret to our success is that we always put the child first!

"My daughter hated school. Today is the last day of the program and she is crying. She does not want to go back home…! "
Mother of a learner in a Mount Lebanon school
"I want to stay in school until I become a teacher."
Fifth Grade Student, Prince Shakib Erslan School
"Thank you Ana Aqra Association for the confidence you gave me to deal with instructional difficulty in the classroom."
Teacher, Akkar School
"My son used to be afraid of school and now he is eager to go every morning."
Mother of a Student in Jnah School
"I enjoy writing now because I've learned the correct way to write."
Third Grade Student, Wata Al-Msaitbeh School
"The teacher training taught me how to differentiate and work with each child at his or her own level."
Arabic Teacher, Al-Marj School

Latest News

Ana Aqra in action

Current Project

Uni 2018

Supporting Vulnerable Girls and Boys to Access and Remain in Education in Lebanon

This partnership aims at enrolling and retaining children in formal education as per the national education strategy, RACE. 

Retention Support
The Retention Support program will benefit 4,800 children who are at risk of dropping out of formal education in schools in Beirut, Mt Lebanon, Bekaa/Baalbek and North Lebanon.
Access & Integration
Ana Aqra will implement the CBECE program with 2,700 children aged 3-6 years old and their families, who have no access to KG, prioritizing those about to enroll in Grade 1 for the 2016/17 school year.

2,000 out-of-school children aged 7-14 years old will also benefit from the Basic Literacy & Numeracy program.  

Our partners

4   ministry of education
1   unicef
World learning
6   al madad foundation
7   alfanar

Stories from the field



At the beginning of the Wata Al-Musaytbeh summer program, eight year old Youssef was very reserved. He didn't speak to anyone and never participated in any classroom activities.

His mother said that Youssef's father had left them when she was pregnant. She clearly expressed hardship and tension in the relationship with her son. Towards the end of the camp, Youssef came out of his shell, gained self-confidence and became more social, and ultimately his relationship with his mother improved. The picture clearly reveals his confidence speaking into the microphone.



Sema is a Syrian refugee who arrived in Lebanon two weeks after the start of the school year. She was admitted to Sad Al-Bouchrieh School for Girls and enrolled in a French language class in the after school remedial program with no prior knowledge of the language.

Sema showed gradual but significant improvement in the program. After only a few short months, Sema was invited to the UNESCO celebration and wrote a descriptive story in French about her experience.

What we do

377 Schools Impacted
886 Class Libraries Established
85000 Books Distributed
500 Teachers Trained (per year)
7000 Children Benefitted (per year)
3000 Parents Benefitted (per year)


Your donation will support Ana Aqra Association in its efforts to provide education to underprivileged children in the region empowering them to improve their lives.


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