LOST and found - A Brighter Future For Refugee Children in Lebanon

LOST is a new MFA-funded project that sees War Child work with Nuffic - the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education. This special project is handing teachers the tools to improve the prospects and integration of refugee youth in Lebanon.
Lebanon War Child project refugees

Photo: Hussein Baydoun

Support for students affected by forced displacement

The LOST project - implemented by the Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training - provides vocational training and professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal teachers in Baalbek and Hermel in Lebanon - cities that have witnessed an influx of Syrian refugees in recent years.

LOST is designed to better equip teachers to support older students (16-21 year-olds) affected by forced displacement. Teachers benefit from expert guidance and coaching - and students enjoy a smoother transition into both the education system and the local community.

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Young people in displacement situations in Lebanon

Photo: Hussein Baydoun

Lebanon War Child project refugees

LOST is designed to support students (16-21 year-olds) affected by forced displacement

Photo: Hussein Baydoun

Teachers, parents and caregivers

The project sees teachers gain new skills in child protection, psychosocial support and trauma identification. Parents and caregivers become active members of parent-teacher councils - giving them a key role in their child’s schooling. And students take part in intensive English language courses - serving to boost their career prospects and involvement in the local community.

English language labs have been established in 10 schools so far - representing a move towards the empowerment of institutions through improved learning facilities.

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Students taking part in the LOST programme

Support for teachers

Dedicated LOST staff - named HEROES - are there to support teachers throughout this period of transition. The story of Mr. Abbas, a teacher at the Al Afak Institute in Nabatieh, highlights the strengths of this approach. Mr. Abbas was initially unsure about changing his teaching approach - yet when a LOST staff member visited his classroom, she was pleasantly surprised.

Mr. Abbas' Classroom Agreement

Mr. Abbas was putting a new strategy to the test - the Classroom Agreement. He introduced the concept by establishing rules for his own conduct - before encouraging students to provide feedback on the rules.

All the students then got a say in defining the terms for the class as a whole before signing - proof of their promise to adhere to the agreement throughout the school year. To highlight its importance, Mr. Abbas presented the document on the wall in a wooden frame - a reminder of the standards everyone is striving towards.

About Nuffic

Nuffic Global Development creates opportunities for strong and sustainable partnerships between Dutch and foreign institutions. Our goal is to strengthen education to raise international knowledge levels. We want to collaborate to tackle today’s global challenges and create opportunities for the future.

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War Child works in areas affected by armed conflict. This may be during the conflict or after it has ended. Working in these areas presents a variety of challenges ranging from insecurity to political and logistic constraints.

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