Making the grade for education
During 2015, less than a quarter of the 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon were enrolled in school. With Syrian schools destroyed, families fleeing, financial struggles, and overcrowded or unfamiliar schools in host countries, most children have had their education disrupted or have been forced to miss out. As months and years pass, they find it harder and harder to return.
Parents who are struggling with their own losses and frustrations find it difficult to navigate the education system and support their children to attend school. Not all parents understand their children’s need for psychological support, and some don’t see the connection between the program and the education they want their children to have.
“Some parents say their children don’t have time to play and draw – they have to work,” says Bassima, who supervises a child friendly space in Lebanon. When parents visit the centre, however, they see what their children do there and how happy they are."