May 2020- October 2020
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
November 2020- February 2022
I CAN ALWAYS LEARN
Ana Aqra Association is implementing the “I Can Always Learn” project as a response to the exacerbating disruptions in education caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the adverse consequences of Lebanon’s economic situation. The project aims to use remote learning to ensure the continuity of essential education services. “I Can Always Learn” provides access to remote early childhood education to more than 800 out-of-school Syrian refugee and host community girls and boys (ages 4-6) in order to increase school preparedness and future retention in public schools. 100 Syrian refugee and host community girls and boys (ages 6-8) in schools have access to a remote retention support program as well. This program seeks to close pre-existing gaps caused by school interruptions while also preserving the continuity of learning and retention in public schools. The project also aims to engage community stakeholders, particularly parents and caregivers, to support the active learning environment by building their capacities to learn skills from an early literacy program called “I Can Also Teach”. Through training and coaching sessions, the project aims to build teachers’ capacities in adopting best practices in teaching during the distance learning modality.
November 2020- August 2021
Continuous and Holistic Integration of Learning and Development for the Children of Beirut (CHILD)
In response to Beirut Blast, the CHILD project was implemented in 2021 in collaboration with Caritas Switzerland (CACH) and Caritas Austria (CAUT) in partnership with Caritas Lebanon (CL) and Seenaryo. The project had two goals: delivery of quality education and child protection. Quality education activities proposed included delivery of a remote regulated non-formal early childhood education program for 500 Syrian refugee children and a homework support program for 700 Lebanese learners enrolled in seven public schools. Both programs included the the delivery of the Quality Teaching and Learning (QTL) approach, developed by AAA and supported by CACH, as well as the promotion of secure, safe, and participatory school environments. To help with the recovery of education delivery following the blast, further enhance recovery of education delivery after the blast, the project provided training and ongoing coaching to 40 teachers, as well as integrated psychosocial support (PSS) curricula targeting children and their caregivers. In addition, teachers were given a self-care package and all seven schools were equipped with materials supporting education delivery (technological devices, stationary/ home-schooling kits) for 700 learners.