Syrian Refugee Children
in Lebanon

Integration into the
Regular Lebanese School System

Project Goal

There are currently 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon, 250,00 of whom are children of school age not attending school (anymore).

The partner organization Ana Aqra Association, Beirut, Lebanon, helps Syrian refugee children to enter regular Lebanese schools. The association works with especially trained Lebanese teachers and relies on an innovative educational program that has been thoroughly tested in various other countries.


During the course of eight weeks, the basic skills of reading, writing and math are taught to small groups of children at primary school level.

Project funds are invested in teacher trainings and salaries, classrooms, teaching materials as well as the promotion of parental commitment.

The program divides into two 96-lesson-cycles of reading, writing and math for every primary school child. At the end of the school entering program, the refugee children are able to participate in regular Lebanese school classes of their age.


The project will be realized between 2018 and 2023 and will enable 470 refugee children to enter the regular Lebanese school system yearly.

Project Partners are the Ana Aqra Association, Beirut, the Luminos Fund, Boston, and the UBS Optimus Foundation, Zurich. Fotos ©Ayla Hibri.

The Hirschmann Foundation funds the project with an annual amount of CHF 100,000 between the years of 2018 and 2023.