Lebanon

Over 40% of Syrian school-aged children in Lebanon are out-of-school — and only 10% make it to secondary level.

Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita, including over 630,000 Syrian refugee children. Economic needs, transportation costs, lack of documentation, language barriers and challenges in school registration prevent refugee girls in vulnerable communities from completing their education.  The refugee crisis has exacerbated weaknesses in the overwhelmed Lebanese public system. Schools have been closed intermittently since the revolution started in October 2019. In 2020, the country suffered an economic and financial collapse, bringing an estimated 50-55% of the population under the poverty line and putting the public education system under further strain. After the Beirut port explosions in August 2020 damaged 163 schools and displaced some 300,000 people from their homes, one in four children in Beirut are now at risk of dropping out of school as 163 schools were damaged in the blasts.

Our work in Lebanon

Education Champions in Lebanon are working to address challenges faced by refugee girls — including access to quality education and child marriage — by advocating for government protections for refugee children and creating digital offline solutions for learning. Collectively, Champions Hiba Hamzi from Naba’a, Nayla Fahed from LAL, and Fadi Hallisso from Basmeh & Zeitooneh are developing lessons for the free, digital, trilingual learning platform Tabshoura in a Box aimed at helping refugee students in middle school pass the Brevet exam, a national exam students need to take to continue with secondary education.

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"The Syrian refugee girls I work with face barrier after barrier to their education and still they are fighting."

— Hiba Hamzi, Education Programme Coordinator, Naba’a

Today, Malala Fund supports 3 Education Champions in Lebanon.

UPDATES

7/20
Education Champion Nayla Fahed speaks on UNESCO’s ‘Continue learning and schooling for refugees’ panel
4/20
Leading local solutions for education in Lebanon, Nayla Fahed speaks at the Global Refugee Forum
2/18
How Fadi Halliso gives Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon and Turkey an opportunity to learn

Where we Work

Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education.