IMPACT: 2019 NUTRITION AND EDUCATION
1,365 refugee and displaced children reached per year; one healthy meal per day for every pupil
38% improvement in language and literacy skills for 4-5 year-old age group
80% attendance compared with 60% in Lebanese public schools
350 parents and carers attended parenting sessions
(Statistics taken from the 2018-19 academic year)
The Children's Learning Centre (CLC) was a long-running project for AMF. A non-formal education centre situated within a historical building in the town of Baalbek, it was a beacon of 'normalcy' and hope for the Syrian refugee families who chose to send their children there. In the CLC AMF saw an opportunity to advance its mission and work on the 'whole child' looking at physical and mental wellbeing as well as providing an academic education.
Further details about the aims and activities of this project can be viewed here.
Nutrition: from 2018 onwards AMF funded one healthy meal for each child at the CLC, this was sourced locally, fresh every day, and was an extremely popular development with all families. Pupils were also taught about the importance of handwashing and hygiene in relation to their physical health.
Mental Health: addressed through an Art Therapy programme in conjunction with Beirut-based Artichoke Studio - read more here.
Safety in a safe space: 42 teachers per year were trained in skills specific in refugee education; all teachers received first-aid training from the Lebanese Red Cross and parenting sessions covered child safety in the home and promoted 'positive coping mechanisms' amongst parents and carers.