Despite the ongoing political and economic crisis in Lebanon, the school we support in Zahle continues to provide a safe haven for Syrian refugee students. The children are not only learning, they are thriving. Mahmoud, in Grade 9 loves attending school and is excelling in class, especially now he can actually read the board thanks to a new pair of glasses.
Our partners have been working incredibly hard to create a safe place for students to learn, play, grow and thrive at school in spite of the difficulties the country is facing right now. Economic turmoil, Covid-19 and recent fuel shortages and electricity supply issues have created many challenges, but our partners in Lebanon have proved their resilience and skill, as ever, to support the children and keep things running smoothly.
They have also been able to keep the school heated, ensuring the children warm in the midst of unusually harsh weather this winter when many families are struggling to heat their homes due to the cost of fuel.
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A ‘Shine’ class to support the girls in the school continues to be incredibly popular, and they are currently learning how to deal with life issues and problems.
"It’s wonderful to see some of the girls who are usually very serious, smile and laugh when working on projects and activities in the Shine class"
"The teachers help us a lot. I was struggling in maths before and received individual support, and now I am good at it!”
Thankfully, Mahmoud’s teachers organised a donation, and were able to buy a pair of glasses for Mahmoud almost immediately. He was so happy with his new glasses and was relieved to feel he could keep up in class again.
The glasses are already helping Mamhoud feel more confident in his learning and will help him work toward his goal of finishing his education and becoming an engineer. He told his family: “Just wait, you will see!”.
Staff at the school agree, and are confident that Mahmoud has only scratched the surface of what he is capable of achieving in the future.
Children on the Edge has been supporting education for 300 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon since 2015. Initially based in four tent schools, but now in one central building in Zahle, we provide safe, fun classrooms, vocational and IT courses and a large outdoor playspace.
They are taught by Syrian refugee teachers in their own dialect, who are trained to deliver a bespoke Syrian and Lebanese curriculum. Staff use Montessori techniques to help children learn Arabic, maths, science, history, geography and English.
Children on the Edge has been supporting education for 300 Syrian refugee children since 2015. Initially based in four tent schools, we now have one central building in Zahle. This work is kindly funded by the Players of People's Postcode Lottery.