Education and psychosocial care for Syrian refugee children and youth
The civil war in Syria has lasted since 2011. Millions of Syrian refugees flee to neighboring countries, such as Lebanon. In Lebanon, around 5.6 million people live on an area no larger than the state of Upper Austria. According to the United Nations, there are more than 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. More than 50 percent of them are children and youth. Recent reports have shown a high concentration of Syrian refugees in the suburbs of Beirut, mainly Jnah and Sin el fil.
Traumatic experiences: Many refugee children from Syria are traumatized by their experiences before and during their movement from the home country to Lebanon. In this project, the topics of trauma and war experience are addressed. In addition, the children are able to spend time in the Centers, in safe and child friendly spaces. Whereas their usual living conditions in camps or shelters are poor.
Education: Currently, in addition to the Lebanese students, about 200,000 Syrian children attend Lebanese schools. The pressure on educational infrastructures negatively affects the quality of the education provided which reinforces the risk of dropping out of school. Hilfswerk International provides support for vulnerable children in Lebanon by delivering a package of educational support, psycho-social support, recreational activities and awareness sessions for children and caregivers.
- To contribute to the fulfillment of children’s rights in the areas of education and protection in Lebano
- Long-term care: To strengthen the coping mechanisms, psychosocial health and the social well-being of the Syrian refugee children
- Providing educational support to vulnerable school-aged children
- Improving psychosocial wellbeing through access to adequate life skills, art and animation activities and counseling
- Inviting parents to awareness sessions and conducting home visits by social workers to sensitize parents on their role and their children´s needs
In this project phase, more than 400 Syrian refugee children and youth in Lebanon and their families are being reached.
Sin el Fil (Eastern Suburb of Beirut), Jnah (Southern Suburb of Beirut)