A safe place for refugee children from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

Hundreds of thousands of refugee children from Syria are waiting for peace in their own country in Lebanon and Jordan. Many children have a huge learning disadvantage and cannot go to school. That is why the ‘Back to the Future’ program started two-and-a-half  years ago.

Education is crucial for the healthy development of children. Thanks to the ‘ Back to the Future  project, more than 21,700 children in Lebanon and Jordan have been able to go back to education in the last three years. Because back to school is back to the future. But it goes further. It is about offering a safe place that these children now have.

A number of results at a glance:

Lebanon:

  • 8 schools refurbished.
  • 19131 children participated in educational activities.
  • 56,088 people reached through home visits with information about informal and formal educational opportunities in their communities.

Jordan:

  • 14 schools refurbished.
  • 2436 children participated in educational activities.
  • 44 teachers and educationalists trained.

Deborah da Boit, Jordan and Syria Country Director for Terre des Hommes Italy: ‘Educational activities only make sense if you also ensure the safety of children. Children will not go to school or are more likely to leave school if they or their parents do not think or feel that it is safe there. That means that you also have to ensure safe transport, create a safe physical place, but also raise awareness about issues such as child abuse and marriage. “Back to the Future” has also made an important contribution to this.’ 

Curious of what we have learned from 30 months ‘Back to the Future’? Read the full interview with Deborah da Boit, country director Terre des Hommes Italy in Jordan, here. For our lessons learned in Lebanon, find the interview with Nika Farnworth, area manager Lebanon, Terre des Hommes Italy here

The ‘Back to the Future’project is a collaboration between AVSI, Terre des Hommes Italy, War Child Holland and Terre des Hommes Netherlands, with support from the EU Regional Trust Fund MADAD.