August 12 is International Youth Day, when we draw attention to youth issues and celebrate the role young people have in creating a brighter future for us all.
As the crisis in Syria enters its sixth year, the influx of refugees from that war-torn country into Lebanon continues to overwhelm Lebanese economic and academic institutions. More than half of the refugees who have entered are under 18 years old. Schools cannot accommodate the surge of youth and most adolescents feel they must enter the workforce to support themselves and their families.
Anera designed remedial education courses and job skills training to appeal to refugees who are unable or unwilling, for a host of good and valid reasons, to attend school. Short, intensive and interactive courses are held in the evening to accommodate work schedules. Sports and recreational activities attract youth to the program and are key to reducing isolation and despair. The project − implemented in partnership with UNICEF, with funds from UK Aid, German Cooperation and KFW − is reaching tens of thousands of youths, including Syrians, Palestinians, and Lebanese students.