LEB Access and Quality Education for refugee and vulnerable host community children

The education sector in Lebanon is facing multiple crises, leading to the discontinuity of learning for many children. Switzerland’s contribution to Plan International and Save the Children will provide children in the Bekaa and Baalbek-Hermel governorates with improved access to and retention in quality, safe and inclusive education. The project follows a triple nexus approach by considering immediate humanitarian needs and aiming at the reintegration of out-of-school children while fostering social cohesion in a context of mounting tensions. 

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Sicurezza alimentare domestica
Primary education
Sicurezza e qualità degli alimenti
Politica dell'istruzione
01.10.2021 - 30.09.2024
CHF  3’606’316

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing economic, financial and political crisis, a growing number of school-aged Lebanese and refugee children are at risk of dropping out of school while others are still out of any form of learning. The Bekaa and the Baalbek/Hermel governorates (“Bekaa Valley”) are two of the most deprived areas in Lebanon, where access to formal, public or private education is becoming increasingly difficult to both Lebanese and refugee children. The difficulty to access services and income in general in both governorates is further resulting in mounting intra and intercommunial tensions, distrust and competition.

The Swiss added value lies in the triple-nexus approach, addressing short term humanitarian needs in combination with interventions towards fostering social cohesion and, in the medium term, enhance the resilience and capacities of the educaiton system.

Obiettivi Vulnerable Lebanese and refugee children in the Bekaa valley access, follow and benefit from a quality and inclusive education in a safe and supporting environment. 
Gruppi target

-    Total number of beneficiaries: 30’000

-    16’000 children

-    13’000 parents

-    500 educators

-    Local communities (through community-based groups)

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1:    Vulnerable children’s access to quality education, learning outcomes, life / social skills and wellbeing have improved

Outcome 2:    Vulnerable children’s parents, caregivers and teachers have developed their capacities and ability to support children’s continuity of learning

Outcome 3:    Key stakeholders shift their behaviours, advocate for and adapt informal rules and formal policies towards inclusive quality education and social stability is strengthened. 


Risultati principali attesi:  

-    OOSC access quality and inclusive Non Formal Education (NFE) services  and reach learning objectives

-    Teachers and educators are equipped to provide quality education and a supportive learning environment

-    Vulnerable parents and caregivers are provided with or referred to needed services

-    A conflict analysis is carried out and the opportunities to work on social cohesion within the project are harnessed.

-    Systemic barriers to discontinuity of learning are identified and participatory solutions to facilitate learning continuity are elaborated and fostered at local and national level. 

Risultati fasi precedenti:   Available data is outdated, but already indicates a high proportion of out-of-school children (OOSC) in both governorates.  A UNICEF OOSC Mapping is foreseen on a national level for 20-21 and will inform the baseline of the project. 

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
Organizzazione svizzera senza scopo di lucro
  • Altra organizzazione svizzera non profit
  • Settore privato straniero Nord
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • Save the Children Federation

Altri partner

-    Plan International

-    Save the Children 

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori Synergies with SDC’s child protection portfolio in Lebanon (support to UNICEF and NGOs to address key drivers of withdrawal from education e.g. extreme poverty, child labor) and Swiss Embassy’s policy dialogue with education authorities. Coordination with the Peace and Human Rights Division’s work on conflict sensitivity in the Bekaa Valley (water issues) .
Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    3’606’316 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    2’771’478 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF   21’000’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.07.2023 - 31.12.2025   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.10.2021 - 30.09.2024   (Fase in corso)