Layan (39) is a mother of five (four girls and one boy), she sought education in Syria and attained a Baccalaureate of Art in Vocational Education. However; due to some financial boundaries and family responsibilities; she missed the opportunity of fulfilling her dream to complete her studies and accessing university. 

“Education requires willpower, firmness and support to successfully complete the process” – Layan

In 2013, Layan, her husband Ahmad (47) and their five children left Homs seeking safety in Haret Saida, South of Lebanon, where they all live in one room in the middle of an orchid.

In January 2020, the family approached ‘Back to the Future’ center at Al Moasat institute, located in Saida city, pursuing educational opportunities for their child. Sham (4) then; started attending the Community Based Early Childhood Education (CB-ECE) at the center, until the COVID19 crisis occurred and the center closed due to the government’s declaration in March 2020. 

Along with the start of the lockdown; AVSI’s BTTF project adapted and launched the remote distant learning program called ‘’ I Learn From Home’’ in collaboration with  Seenaryo NGO, where caregivers are reached routinely with interactive educational lessons through the different WhatsApp groups, in order to support and help provide education for their children. Sham was very excited and the mother merged into the new learning method smoothly. Layan always helps her child with preparing (drawing & coloring) the educational cards, gets involved in telling and representing the story events, and encourages sham constantly. 

 “I think direct implementation of education, in the center, is better for the child, but the current circumstances govern us. This means that we must look for any means of education and knowledge; such as, using the Internet for remote distant learning.” – Layan

Layan is very passionate towards educating her children, she abetted three of them enroll in formal education and aspires that Sham completes the early childhood education stage, so she could enroll in formal education herself. Layan states: “I am grateful for what Sham is learning every day from this program, and I will always support her because I want my child to continue her educational journey and achieve her ambition”.


Back to the Future is funded by the European Union in Lebanon , through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, the EU Madad Fund, and implemented in partnership by AVSI Middle East , Terre des hommes Italy in Lebanon and  War Child in Lebanon.


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