Establishing and operating schools within shelter centers:
Many schools were established to teach Syrian students in shelter centers in order to improve opportunities for students living in these centers to finish their education. These schools provide free education and mitigate the burdens of transportation and subsequent expenses as most shelter centers are far from major residential compounds which might include public schools that can receive refugee children.
The most important schools are:
1. Baraem al-Sham School in Al-Rahman Shelter Center – Taalabaya (Mid-Beqaa)
2. Al-Hayat Model Village School – Aarsal
3. Abnaa al-Shuhada’a School – Aarsal
4. Al-Awda Model Productive Village School – Barelias (Mid-Beqaa)
5. Al-Inmaa Model Productive Village School – Akkar
Students are sponsored in several ways, mainly through providing financial support for private schools which dedicate seats for Syrian refugees where students’ fees are covered. Sponsorship also includes provision of schoolbags, covering transportation fees and other expenses that usually prevent families from sending their children to schools.
In this context, the program was able over the recent years to sponsor the education of Syrian students in different areas of Lebanon through the following schools:
1. Al-Iman Schools Network affiliated with Islamic Education Association, one of the founding members of URDA (8 schools)
2.Network of Educational Institutions, one of the partners of URDA. The Network was established in 2012 and it is an independent, non-profit educational entity seeking to assemble efforts together and mobilize energies to benefit from accumulated experience in order to promote the educational reality in Lebanon. In 2016, the Network served 10,000 Syrian students while 460 Syrian teachers benefited from its services in 18 schools and education centers in different Lebanese governorates.
This program also included distribution of stationery for 7,257 students, in addition to sponsoring 423 university students through the Lebanese Association for Scientific Research (LASeR).