Mr Martin Silič
T: +386 1 4796 586
Considering its expanding dynamics, the Syrian refugee crisis represents one of the most complex issues and challenges the international community is currently facing having immense impact on the regional peace and stability in the first place. In time of the on-going crisis the neighboring countries, such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, have been absorbing the largest shares of Syrian refugees.
The Syrian refugee children have experienced tremendous atrocities, they were traumatized because of relatives loss, they were rip out of their families and home environment, being physically and psychically hurt and affected. In addition, the living conditions in refugee camps are dire. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to provide these children psychosocial support and assistance so they will be able to cope with pressures and traumas they are experiencing on daily bases in the environment they are forced to as refugees.
Second, Lebanon does not possess sufficient capacities to be able to guarantee these vulnerable groups of children a safe and secure adolescence and development especially through formal education. Concretely, considering its limited capacities in the public education sector, access to primary education is not possible for a large proportion of children refugees at the beginning of every school year, which has been accentuated by prominent institutions and NGOs working in the field.
Since the eruption of the Syrian Civil War the Shatila refugee camp located in south Beirut has swollen with Syrian refugees. The ITF, in cooperation with the local implementing partner Najda Now International has been supporting the “Tomorrow is Ours” project since 2015 addressing psychosocial and educational needs of the Syrian refugees – around 200 children and adolescents – in a centre in Shatila refugee camp. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia has secured funds to enable the project activities in 2015 and 2016. ITF looks for additional funds to continue with project activities also in 2017.
 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 2016. Educating Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, 4 May. Available at: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/63513 (15/09/2016). Human Rights Watch. 2016. Growing Up Without an Education: Barriers to Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. Report. Available at: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/lebanon0716web.pdf (15/9/2016).
What we do
The project objective is to prevent a “Lost Generation” of children and adolescents affected by hostilities of armed conflicts having a negative impact on their socialization process and intellectual development.
The project aims to provide Syrian refugees, children and adolescents residing in the Shatila refugee camp, with educational and psychosocial care and attention that will enable them to overcome the sufferings and difficulties that they have experienced during the times of conflict and prolonged periods of being refugees.
Up to 200 Syrian refugee children and adolescents will benefit from project activities structured in three main components:
- Educational support
- Basic Literacy and Numeracy (BLN).
- English classes.
- Arabic classes.
- Math classes.
- Remedial educational support.
- Psychosocial therapy and workshops
- The psychosocial therapy, executed mainly through creative and educational workshops, will address the urgent needs of children helping them overcoming tortures and sufferings they have experienced during the war. The therapist will be backed up by a social worker whose job is to make real investigations on the status of the families of the affected children and check about the marking conditions that would affect the behaviour of these children.
- The workshops include a series of artistic, cultural, educational and handcraft activities such as rap, theatre, music, drawing, sculpturing and recycling.