One of the key issues facing Lebanon is the economic and social impact of the Syrian crisis, now in its ninth year. According to government and independent sources, up to 1.5 million Syrians, about a quarter of the Lebanese population, have taken refuge in Lebanon since the conflict erupted in March 2011. This has strained Lebanon’s public finances, service delivery, and the environment.
What are the development challenges in Lebanon?
The crisis is expected to worsen poverty incidence among Lebanese citizens as well as widen income inequality. In particular, it is estimated that as a result of the Syrian crisis, some 200,000 additional Lebanese have been pushed into poverty, adding to the erstwhile 1 million poor. An additional 250,000 to 300,000 Lebanese citizens are estimated to have become unemployed, most of them unskilled youth.
How does Alliance2015 help?
Resilient Education: Educational Infrastructures and Services for Communities in Beirut and Mount Lebanon
Almost a million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon. The consequent demographic pressure generally increases competition for the access to resources and services; among these, the educational and school systems, already undersized before the crisis. 59% of the 488.000 Syrian children are not attending school; besides missing learning opportunities, out-of-school children are more exposed to violence, child labor and negative coping mechanisms.
Cesvi and Acted’s project, in cooperation with a local partner, Hoops Club, aims at improving access to educational services in Beirut and Mount Lebanon for around 3.000 direct beneficiaries trough the rehabilitation and supply of photovoltaic system in four schools and the improvement of the psychosocial well-being of vulnerable children. Intervention takes place in 4 areas in Beirut and Mount Lebanon Governorate who host more than half of the total Lebanese population and around 310.000 registered Palestinian and Syrian refugees. As for the school system, Mount Lebanon presents the lowest percentage of Syrian children enrolled in school (51%).
The intervention promotes a holistic and inclusive approach for a physically accessible and renovated school context, the realization of recreational activities and sports and awareness sessions against school drop out for the refugee and hosting communities.
Three schools in Achrafieh, Jdaidet El Metn and Bhamdoun will have their rooms, playgrounds, sewer and hygienic system rehabilitated so as to comply with international standards, while four schools will be equipped with a photovoltaic system. Also, the project will enhance the psycho-social well-being of vulnerable children by applying an innovative toolkit “Sports for Development, Peace & Life Skills” developed by Hoops.
In addition, environmental education activities will be conducted for 360 children, while 465 will be involved in urban art workshops. Special attention will be paid to involve children with disabilities in activities.