Enhancing Non-Formal Education for Youth in Nahr El-Bared | Projects

Enhancing Non-Formal Education for Youth in Nahr El-Bared

In May 2007, Nahr El-Bared Camp (NBC), a refugee camp of 40,000 Palestinians in northern Lebanon, was devastated by three months of fighting between Fatah Al-Islam militants and the Lebanese army.  Up to 60% of the buildings and 80% of the homes were either severely or completely destroyed as a result of the shelling and bombing.  More than 433 businesses were directly affected by the fighting, 4,976 jobs were lost, and unemployment rose to 80% compared to the 27% before the fighting.  Now, three years later, many families still remain dependant on the distribution of food and supplies from humanitarian organizations.

The reconstruction of the camp is proceeding very slowly and the camp’s population is struggling to recover from the ensuing economic crisis.  

As a result of these degrading conditions, many youth feel left behind in despair with no hope for the future.  This has been exacerbated by the retreat of emergency programs provided right after the conflict, which had helped ease the psychological and educational needs of children and youth in and around Nahr El-Bared.

Education in the camps and gatherings is largely in the hands of UNRWA.  Schools are overcrowded, understaffed and lack the funds to provide extra-curricular activities or gear their programs to individual needs.  Little or no training is provided to teachers. The educational system has not been able to prepare young people for meaningful and rewarding livelihoods.  Increasingly, the formal educational system is not perceived by youth as being a relevant mechanism to prepare them for life. This has created apathy among students and left the door open to delinquency and enrollment in militias, especially among young men who drop out of school.

Educational and employment problems in Nahr El-Bared have been aggravated by the conflict. With the destruction of school buildings, more than half a year of schooling was lost.  The temporary UNRWA schools are over crowded with 40-50 students per class.  This situation has hampered children’s ability to learn and increased the number of dropouts.  As a result, many children remain in need of support with their studies through remedial classes.

ROTA is cooperating with ANERA to support the National Institute for Social Services and Vocational Training (NISCVT) and other grass root organizations in order to enhance and support Vocational Training and Non-Formal Education for Lebanese and Palestinian youth living in marginalized communities in Lebanon. By the end of the project, at least 70 youth will acquire new skills increasing their employment opportunities, having attended vocational training sessions. Moreover, 40 instructors – kindergarten teachers, vocational training teachers, and others conducting non-formal education classes in community based organizations in Nahr El-Bared - are aware of the importance of, learn, and apply appropriate non-formal education methods during the implementation of the project. And the 300 youth visiting the center, including young women, have access to training and non-formal education opportunities that utilize the newly acquired training techniques developed and taught during this project.

The program objectives are as follows:

  1. By the end of the project, at least 70 youth will have acquired new skills that will increase their employment opportunities, having attended vocational training sessions.
  2. At least 40 instructors – kindergarten teachers, vocational training teachers, and others conducting non-formal education classes in community based organizations in Nahr El-Bared - are aware of the importance of, learn, and apply appropriate non-formal education methods during the implementation of the project.
  3. At least 25 young activists and social workers participating in the project recognize the importance of utilizing non-formal education techniques within their NGOs, understand how to use these techniques, and integrate non-formal education in their programs.
  4. At least 300 young people in Nahr El-Bared, including young women, have access to training and non-formal education opportunities that utilize the newly acquired training techniques developed and taught during this project.

 

Project Facts

 

Implementing Period: 

October 1, 2010 – March 31, 2012

 

Project Partner:
 

American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) www.anera.org

 

Expected Beneficiaries:

Direct Beneficiaries: 450 student and 60 teachers and instructors
 

Indirect Beneficiaries : 1,000 students 

 

The Enhancing Non-Formal Education for Palestinian Youth in the North of Lebanon (ENFE II) Program is an extension and expansion of ANERA’s current project supporting non-formal education in Nahr el Bared. ENFE II will utilize a sports methodology as a cross cutting program strategy to enhance the effectiveness of the ENFE II’s program priorities. ENFE II builds upon the successes of the current project while adding enhanced methodologies and activities which are based on lessons learned, strategizing sessions with partners and key stakeholders, and additional needs identified through the course of implementation. Although ENFE I achieved a number of successes, its activities have identified further needs and gaps among its three pillars: Sports development, learning support (remedial education), and vocational training. In addition to reinforcing and expanding its successful methodologies in ENFE II, the project will have the following focus areas in each of its three pillars: inclusive sports for youth development, heightened focus on Arabic language in learning support/after-school lessons; and improved linkages to the job market in vocational training.

 

Project Facts

 

Implementing Period: 

June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2014

 

Project Partner:

American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) www.anera.org

 

Objective:

  • Improved vocational training services and increase in the employability of 200 students as supported by complementary sports activities.
     
  • Improved learning support/after-school services (remedial education) as supported by complementary sports activities to assist 600 elementary students (6-13 years old) in improving their scholastic performance and enhance their language acquisition, especially in Arabic.
     
  • Improved access to sports activities, promoting personal development and healthy lifestyle for 2,000  youth  (males and females)

 

Expected Beneficiaries:

Direct Beneficiaries :

133 teachers and partner NGO management staff will also benefit from the project.

3535 Palestinian refugee youth in the North of Lebanon