Education in Lebanon
The war in Syria has wrought immense suffering on children and their families, with 6 million people displaced from their homes within Syria, and another 4.8 million struggling as refugees in the region. One quarter of Lebanon’s population is now estimated to be Syrian refugees, with one million children now seeking places to continue to go to school (UNICEF).
The Lebanese government has taken the extraordinary step of committing to enroll all Syrian refugee children in their public school system. As positive as the policy environment might be, the reality at school level is that there are still numerous barriers to access, from academic under-preparedness to discrimination. Currently only half of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are attending formal school.
Registered refugees in Lebanon
Registered refugees under the age of 18
Estimated unregistered refugees
Registered out-of-school refugees
Barriers to Learning
Being forced to work / Working
Struggling to learn
What We’re Doing
Building on our experience with out-of-school children, Luminos developed a Back to School program to help refugee children restart their education. Many students have been out of school for years, and all of them are learning in English and French for the first time, the standard languages of instruction in Lebanon. The Back to School program is an opportunity for refugees to catch up to grade level and prepare to assimilate into Lebanese classrooms. As part of the curriculum, our students create drawings to remember their homeland and to begin to come to terms with the trauma they have seen. Our program continues to support refugees after they transition into Lebanese schools—both academically and emotionally—and advocates on their behalf when discrimination and poverty pose barriers.
Children given a second
Basic literacy & numeracy
classes across 3 regions
52% of students are girls
Students sat for government school entrance exams
The Luminos Fund is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization registered in the United States (EIN 36-4817073).