“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!


17 January, 2020
من أنشطة #اليوم_العالمي_للغة_العربية تقرر الاحتفال باللغة العربية في ١٨ كانون الأول كونه اليوم الذي أصبحت فيه إحدى اللغات الرسمية الست في منظمة #الأمم_المتحدة و بهذه المناسبة نود أن نذكركم بضرورة غرس حب اللغة العربية في قلوب أطفالكم وتشجيعهم على القراءة #قارئ_اليوم_قائد_الغد
17 January, 2020
#Repost @sanadhospice
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Choueifat, Lebanon SANAD has resumed its Children's Book Reading Tour with @anaaqra at Lycée Palais Des Pains in Choueifat. #SANADHospiceLebanon #hospice #palliativecare #lebanon #grief #awareness #death #loss

Ana Aqra in action


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.



  • Mouaz

    Mouaz, 4 years old boy, Syrian Refugee currently living in Lebanon, is a learner in level 2 CB-ECE at CLC Ana Aqra center in Baalbek. He has three sisters and one brother; Nariman, Nour, Nada and Houthaifa. They live now in Shikan Street-in Baalbek after they fled from Syria because of the crisis. “We are new here and we don’t know anyone, I prefer my kids to stay at home and don’t socialize with strangers and other kids. I want to keep them safe” explained the mother of Mouaz to his teacher Ihsan Shamas. Mouaz fears the classroom and his peers. He refused to switch classes at the beginning of the cycle and participate in any activity. "It's really difficult at the beginning for children to catch up" admits Ihsan Shamas, Arabic teacher. “I started seeing change in Mouaz when I saw him looking at me in the eye, holding my hand and my clothes” said Ihsan. When a teacher loves her students she becomes like their mother, she can feel if they are sick and if there is anything wrong going with them. “I love my students, I'll be there for them, ready to be involved with their lives” the teacher says.
  • Sema

    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.


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