Many Syrian children are relocated to Lebanon to flee armed conflict in Syria, and experience significant challenges as a result of forced displacement. Most live in temporary shelters, lacking access to proper housing and basic amenities; even those who are lucky to live in apartments reside in impoverished and overpopulated neighborhoods that lack safety and basic services.
Most refugee families struggle to find stable employment and adequate income to meet their needs. As a result, many Syrian children have had to sadly forgo their right to an education in order to work and help their families make ends meet. Even those who are enrolled in formal schools in Lebanon have significant gaps in their learning, which hampers their academic progress and future prospects.
Many in-school Syrian children enrolled in Lebanese public schools find it difficult to keep up with the demands of their schooling, especially in English, as well as in mathematics and the sciences, which are usually taught in Arabic in Syria, but in Lebanon are typically taught in English or French. The pandemic exacerbated education gaps, and the consequent economic downturn meant that 15% of households stopped their children’s education and 52% reduced spending on education.
3,4 School strikes also resulted in a further three months’ period without education; it is therefore even more critical that we find funding to restart the Homework
Club to prevent children from dropping out and to help them master the knowledge and skills to successfully continue their educational journey.
In 2018, Jusoor’s Refugee Education Program launched the Homework Club (HWC) at our Jeb Jennine educational center in Bekaa, Lebanon. Today, our HWC provides 300+ primary and secondary school students (8-15 years old) living in villages surrounding Jeb Jennine with additional learning support in hard sciences, mathematics, and English each year. The children either attend 3 hours of morning classes at our centers during the weekend or before/ after regular public school classes. Jusoor teachers, whom we have trained to follow the Lebanese curriculum, provide the extra academic support students need to succeed in local public schools.
Many of our students have given positive feedback, especially on the Homework Club’s support of their grasp of science subjects. For example:
“Because of the Homework Club, I now understand science better, and the classes at public school are clear to me. Before joining the Homework Club, I really struggled to understand them.”
Rawda (Grade 5), Jeb Jennine Public School
296 Students attending Homework Club in Jeb Jennine
99% Students taking the final test showed improvement across all topics
22% Average % academic improvement across all subjects
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