Photo Essay: Hope through Education for Refugees in Lebanon

August 31, 2016 ANERA
Community Development, Education, Lebanon
Twenty students in an English class for refugee youth in Lebanon These classes are often the only schooling available to youth.

Education is a fundamental human right, yet it is out of reach for many refugees in Lebanon. According to the UN, half of all Syrian children and about one-third of Palestinian refugee children from Syria are not in school at all. For older youth, aged 16-18, the enrollment rate is even lower: only 17%.

To provide education for refugees in Lebanon, ANERA launched a basic literacy and math program for youth between the ages of 14-24. It’s implemented in partnership with UNICEF, with funds from UK Aid, German Cooperation and KFW. Courses on English, Arabic, and math are taught by carefully trained teachers, and parental support is encouraged through awareness sessions. “The aim is to help youth develop basic competencies that they need in their practical lives,” explains Nisrine Makkouk, ANERA’s education program manager in Lebanon.

In addition to basic literacy and numeracy, students learn useful job skills and attend life skills sessions and other fun activities with their peers. 

Getting Acquainted with Computers

Young refugee girl uses the computer in ANERA program providing education for refugees in Lebanon.

“Before this workshop, I didn’t know how to use a computer,” says Walla, a 17 year old from Fnaydeh. “I learned Windows and Office, and now I’m learning PowerPoint.”

Jamil uses a computer for the first time ever in classes in Lebanon

Jamil, age 16, learned how to read and write in ANERA-funded workshops. Now he’s learning computer science. “This is the first time I’ve used a computer in my life!”

Eman teaches refugees in Lebanon computer skills like Microsoft Office

Mrs. Eman (left) teaches a computer science workshop that starts with the basics and advances to Microsoft Office. She has 22 students between the ages of 14 to 20.

Learning How to Read and Write in Arabic and English

Mona takes Arabic class for refugee youth in Lebanon

Mona, age 15, attends Arabic, English and health classes. “I only knew the basic stuff before coming to these classes,” she says, “and now I’m intermediate level!”

Arabic classes offer chance at education for refugees in Lebanon.

Mona and Iman, ages 15 and 14, learn how to read and write classical Arabic.

Refugee youth in English class in Lebanon

Raed is a 22 year old electrician living in Fnaydeh, Lebanon. He’s taking English classes so he can expand his skillset and have better job opportunities.

Health Classes Teach Vital Information

Health class in Fnaydeh, Lebanon, for refugee youth

Students learn about personal and public health in an ANERA-funded health class in Fnaydeh, Lebanon.

Health education for refugees in Lebanon.

Twenty three students aged 15-20 are enrolled in the health class.

So far, the program has enrolled 3,000 refugee teens in classes, and by the end of the year ANERA expects more than 5,000 additional students. Students with good performance are referred to the Accelerated Learning Program, which allows them to catch up with their peers in Lebanese schools. “It’s about offering the opportunity of inclusion to those who have been excluded,” adds Makkouk.

War has stalled the dreams of these young people, but their drive to learn survives.

2 Responses to “Photo Essay: Hope through Education for Refugees in Lebanon”

  1. September 01, 2016 at 2:30 am, Yusuf Zhumkhawala said:

    It is heartbreaking to see these wonderful children deprived of a fundamental human right that we take for granted. Your organisation is doing God’s work. All power to you!

  2. October 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm, Lea Black said:


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