Vocational Training | Lebanon

October 28, 2013 ANERA
Community Development, Education, Lebanon, Palestinian Refugee Camps, Vocational Training
Young Palestinian refugee in Lebanon learns jewelry repair as part of ANERA's vocational training program, which equips youth with job skills to join the workforce.

The Reality in Lebanon’s Camps

Palestinians cannot access the public school system in Lebanon. The United Nations (UNRWA) runs 74 grade schools in the 12 refugee camps but only two vocational education centers to teach the skills young Palestinians need to find more than just a temporary job in construction or agriculture. Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestinian refugees living in extreme poverty. Two out of three Palestinian refugees living in camps and marginalized communities live on less than $6 a day.

ANERA’s Response

ANERA has been supporting vocational education in Lebanon’s refugee camps and marginalized communities since 2006. We upgrade crumbling infrastructure and coordinate training programs that equip youth with job skills to join the workforce and give them an opportunity to continue university studies if they have the aptitude and initiative.

How It Works

After researching the needs of the marketplace, ANERA designed a vocational education program to fill the gaps and also bring poor communities together so they feel empowered to change their lives.

  • Classes in plumbing, sanitation, catering, nursing, auto repair, hairdressing, etc.
  • Sports activities
  • Community service projects, from planting home gardens to health education activities
  • Training and updating teachers’ skills in remedial education methods
  • Tutoring in Arabic, English and computer skills

Meet Two Palestinians Involved in Vocational Training

Mohammad Moghamas in Nahr El Bared refugee camp in LebanonMohammad had few prospects after dropping out of school at age 10. Today, at 19, he smiles with pride after being trained as a plumber: “I realize that I was nothing before. I had no education. I had no job. Now, I’m somebody who people can depend on. I’ve changed a lot.Read more >>


Teacher Manal Webeh shows certificate from ANERA's teacher training on remedial education methods.

Manal started as a volunteer at the Women Program Association in Nahr El Bared; today she supervises WPA’s vocational training programs that benefit more than 100 students a year. “The ability to give, even without anything in return, is my great reward.” Read more >>