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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

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

In partnership with UNICEF, this project aims at outreaching children across Lebanon providing them with Basic Literacy & Numeracy, Early Childhood Education, and Retention Support programs.

The project main purpose is that all children, especially the most vulnerable ones, are provided with equal access to educational opportunities aiming at reducing the chances of dropping out of formal schooling and with an attempt at increasing school retention rates.

It will serve 26800 children over a time period of 12 months.

Our partners

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

Stories from the field

Youssef

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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

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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

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

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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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