My Bright Start

In partnership with the IRC, Ana Aqra implemented a community-based early childhood education program, in the area of Baalback, to ensure access to education, especially for young learners given the fact that early childhood is a crucial stage of life in terms of a child's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. The project was initially implemented in a face to face modality and shifted into a remote modality, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project main objectives are:

  • 300 Syrian refugee girls and boys (ages 3-6) have access to an equitable and regulated non formal Community Based Early Childhood Education program in face to face and remote modalities

  • Teachers prepare online lessons targeting core subjects with explicit instruction on problem solving and independent learning.

  • Teachers adopt best practices in differentiated teaching for the provision of safe and enabling learning environments.

  • Parents of Syrian girls and boys provide safe and enabling learning environments to their children in support of their continuous learning and are provided with face- to-face and online story-telling and guided instruction

I CAN ALWAYS LEARN

In order to respond to the exacerbating disruptions in Education caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the adverse consequences of Lebanese economic situation, Ana Aqra designed the “I Can Always Learn” project. The project seeks to ensure the continuity of essential education services by using remote learning or e-learning. Moving teaching and learning online helps maintain connection with learners, provides psychosocial support and avoids isolation that occurs when children and youth miss out on social contact that is essential to learning and development. Through the remote learning the continuity of curriculum-based study is ensured and learning can be facilitated by providing instructional materials and activities including storytelling and reading. This project provides remote retention support program for 60 in school learners, to reduce potential impact on pre-existing achievement gaps; and proposes as well as a remote early childhood education for 300 Lebanese and Syrian refugee children between the age of 3 to 6 years old, to increase their school preparedness and future retention in public schools

I Can Always Learn project creates opportunities for the caregivers to become more prepared to stimulate their children’s skills before the compulsory school age which will later on increase retention in primary and secondary years. Parents of 360 learners are empowered to support the active learning environment by building their capacities to learn skills from an early literacy program. 18 star parents will be selected to further build their capacities so they can cascade and transfer knowledge gained from the early literacy program to other families within their neighbourhood community.

The project provides teachers with capacity building workshop to adopt best practices in differentiated teaching for a blended modality.

Continuous and Holistic Integration of Learning and Development for the Children of Beirut

After the widespread damage of the Beirut port explosion, the education sector was heavily impacted, as the explosion led to the destruction of approximately 160 public and private schools across Beirut and neighboring areas. Such devastation along with the economic crisis and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon threaten to deprive up to 85,000 Lebanese and non-Lebanese students of their right to education. Caritas Switzerland (CACH) and Caritas Austria (CAUT) in partnership with Caritas Lebanon (CL), Ana Aqra Association (AAA), and Seenaryo responded with CHILD project to provide emergency education and child protection activities enabling the most vulnerable children to have access to quality education.

This project comprises a focus on quality education and child protection through delivering remote/blended regulated non-formal education (NFE - early childhood education (ECE); remedial and homework support programmes), both infused with delivery of the Quality Teaching and Learning (QTL) approach developed by AAA and supported by CACH and the promotion of secure, safe and participatory school environments. The access to remote learning is provided by the project to make every learner engaged and promote the access to a stimulating learning environment.

CHILD project delivers training and continuous coaching for 24 teachers, integrated psychosocial support (PSS) curricula focusing on specialised PSS services for 1570 learners and casework for children.

CHILD project targets 2135 learners from age 3 to 12 among the most vulnerable families and children with ensuring access to education through cash for education (CFE) assistance.

The intervention is be coordinated with the Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE)[1], UNESCO and UNICEF.

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