Accessing Education: Language Integration for Syrian Refugee Children is a British Council project co-funded by the European Union.
The project is a response to a request made by MEHE to both the British Council and Institut Français du Liban to work together in assisting the Lebanese school system in dealing with the large influx of Syrian refugee school children through delivering teacher training for 1500 teachers between 2013 and 2016.
The training programmes for teachers and young people will address issues of inclusion, tolerance and anti-discrimination and will promote equal access to education and child protection, encourage student retention and will be of importance in maintaining respect for the human dignity of the refugees, with special reference to the dignity of the child.
The means to achieve this language improvement of students is to provide Lebanese state school teachers with a training programme incorporating sociolinguistic approaches to motivate students to learn a foreign language along with teaching strategies. The first part, including sociolinguistics, is in Lebanese Arabic and English/French. The second part is in English/French and provides foreign language strategies incorporating appropriate course book resources.
The direct beneficiaries of this project are an expected 90,000 Syrian refugee school children aged between 8 and 14 years old. However, such an intervention will in the long-term bring considerable benefits to Lebanese students due to the training given to 25 national trainers, 25 guidance counsellors and 1500 Lebanese state school teachers.
The associate partner is the Institut Français du Liban. Key stakeholders include the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD), UNICEF and UNHCR.