Our innovative Classroom-on-a-Bus initiative started in 2015. It provides non-formal education programmes for children who are out of the school system and are struggling to access formal education in the more remote parts of Lebanon namely the Bekaa Region and North Lebanon. The children who have access to this facility are selected based on their inability to access public schools or the Children's Learning Centre (CLC) due to transport or security issues. Read about the specific programmes we run through Classroom-on-a-Bus here.

Sessions run on three month cycles and support the child by breaking down the basics of literacy and numeracy before reintegrating them into the formal education system where they can then move forward and apply key skills in learning.

Each bus contains:

  • 3 white boards, LCD wide screen and PC
  • Easily removable desks to facilitate group work
  • Under-seat storage
  • Heat reduced lighting
  • On-board library
  • Awning to provide shelter during outdoor activity

Since 2015, the buses have toured mainly in the Bekaa and Akkar regions of Lebanon where the need is more pressing because of the lack of alternative education programs for Syrian refugees in the area.

The presence of the bus also raises community awareness about the importance of education for all children.

Psychosocial support is also a main focus within the safe atmosphere of the Classroom-on-a-Bus where a minimum of 30 minutes per day is dedicated to ‘Circle Time’ and play activities with a focus on sharing issues and concerns. Through playing on the bus, children also bond and make friends, which provides an opportunity to escape the harsh reality of their living environments and to enjoy the simplicity of playing games and engaging in child-friendly activities.

The cost of running two buses for one year is currently £43,000.