JANUARY 2017 – DECEMBER 2017
Supporting Vulnerable Girls and Boys to Access and Remain in Education in Lebanon
This partnership aimed at enrolling and retaining children in formal education as per the national education strategy, RACE.
The Retention Support program supported 11,911 children who are at risk of dropping out of formal education in schools in Beirut, Mt Lebanon, Bekaa/Baalbek, and North Lebanon.
3,379 children aged 3-6 years old were supported through the CBECE program along with their families. Those with no access to KG and who were going to enroll in Grade 1 for the 2017/18 school year were given priority.
2,777 out-of-school children aged 7-14 years old were also supported through the Basic Literacy & Numeracy program.
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.
Ana Aqra Association is committed to excellence and growth, and our international partnerships require tangible and documented evidence of such. Therefore, we have adopted monitoring and evaluation practices to show we are meeting our pledged goals of helping displaced and underprivileged youth in Lebanon reach their full potential.