Our two longest-running education programmes, the Children's Learning Centre and Classroom-on-a-Bus, both aimed to bring a sense of normalcy to refugee and disadvantaged host community children and to provide them with a smooth transition back into formal school. 

Project- Children's Learning Centre
September 2015 - June 2020

Using non-formal education to bridge the achievement gap and allow displaced children to successfully reintegrate into mainstream school, the Children’s Learning Centre provided a secure and inspiring environment for children and their parents.

The historically important building in central Baalbek was erected in the mid 19th century and during the Ottoman Empire acted as the central governance location for the town of Baalbek and the North Eastern Beqaa Valley. Its last incarnation was as a school run by the Lebanese Ministry of Education, but was later abandoned to disrepair.

In 2015 Al Madad Foundation with its implementing partner Ana Aqra Association undertook to restore the building for use as a permanent non-formal education hub. For five years its 16 classrooms and surrounding grounds provided the setting for some of our most important work in the area.

Each child enrolled at the CLC also had access to transport to and from the Learning Centre, a healthy meal and water, creative workshops and access to facilities such as on-site library.

Project- Classroom-on-a-Bus
September 2015 - June 2020

Our mobile Classroom-on-a-Bus brought a safe space to learn to wherever it was most needed. Ideal for accessing difficult to reach areas or serving shifting populations, the programme was innovative, flexible and cost-effective.

We had two buses in total serving the more remote parts of Lebanon, namely North and the Bekaa regions, running on three-month cycles. The curriculum supported children by breaking down the basics of literacy and numeracy to help provide a foundation of understanding before they reintegrated into the formal education system.

Each bus was equipped with what you would find in a "normal" classroom, with added elements for safety and practicality, including:

3 white boards, LCD wide screen tv and PC
Easily removable desks to facilitate group work
Under-seat storage
Heat reduced lighting
On-board library
Awning to provide shelter during outdoor activities
Each bus carried out up to four sessions per day and accommodated 13 children per session, plus a teacher and teaching assistant.