The “Back to the Future IV” contributes to create a safe, sustained, and inclusive access to quality education and promotes well-being for vulnerable out-of-school children in Lebanon, with the specific goal to promote successful transition into formal education.
The project reaches out-of-school refugee vulnerable boys and girls through outreach work and regulates non-formal education for the children to gain the relevant skills, to enter and progress in education.
The intervention focuses on the preparation, completion, and referral of children for the scholastic years 2022-23/2023-24. To promote academic preparedness for children and transition to formal education, a robust teachers’ professional development approach is being implemented.
Caregivers, teachers, and communities are engaged to establish a protective environment for children and support their educational success. Through an integrated approach, all learners are provided with targeted psychosocial support activities and access to case management and protection services.
Phase IV of the “Back to the Future” project is funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid.
Area of implementation
The project covers a wide catchment area in Lebanon, targeting vulnerable locations across 6 governorates with high level of unmet needs in camps, crowded urban areas and underserved rural regions. The project covers the following areas:
- Zahle (Bar Elias)
- West Bekaa (Ghazze)
- Aley (Souq Al Ghareb)
- Metn (Chwaya)
- Baabda (Bourj Al Barajneh, Chatilla)
- Chouf (Barja)
- Saida (Saida)
- Nabatiyeh (Ansar)
- 2369 Children in NFE services
1250 CB-ECE (Level 3 / age 5-6)
1119 BLN (aged 10-14 years old)
- 73 Teachers in Professional Development
- 117 Children referred to specialized services
- 4770 Students and caregivers provided with PSS services
- 250 People will receive Case Management services
- Outreach, Back to School, and Community mobilization activities
- Community-based Early Childhood Education for out of school refugees' children
- Basic literacy and Numeracy for out of school refugees' children
- Professional development for teachers on child-centered pedagogy, inclusion, and qualitative education methodologies
- Referral of vulnerable boys and girls to Formal Education
- Provision of child protection case management support and response to children and families with protection risks
- Provision of structured PSS activities for children enrolled in NFE programs
- Provision of orientation, information sessions, and awareness activities for caregivers
- Safe identification and referrals of children at risk
- Provision of supplies, assistive devices, and therapy services for children with disabilities to promote inclusive education
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The previous phases
PHASE I DECEMBER 2016 – JUNE 2019
School readiness, inclusion and retention of children impacted by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon and Jordan. Over a three-year period (2016-2019), the ‘Back to the Future’ project provided educational support for 21,700 local vulnerable and refugee children, and ensured the upgrading of 22 public schools across Lebanon and Jordan.
PHASE II JUNE 2019 – APRIL 2022
The “Back to the Future II” project promoted enrolment and improveds retention in the formal education system for refugee children impacted by the Syrian Crisis and vulnerable children from host communities in Lebanon. Over the course of three years, more than 33,000 vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian children across the country .
In Lebanon, and since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with the Government’s decision to shut down all educational institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) played a fundamental role in finding new and innovative solutions to face the disruption of educational services, by complementing the efforts of formal education institutions in facing these new challenges. One successful example of mainstreaming distant learning is represented by the Back to the Future project.
PHASE III MAY 2022 – SEPTEMBER 2022
Back to The Future (BTF) consortium (AVSI, Terre des Hommes Italy, and War Child Holland) ensured a smooth transition and continuity of the education programs from phase 2 to phase 3. The implementation started in May 2022 and ended in September 2022. In phase 3, the project is part of the Haqqi Consortium funded by the European Union, through the EU Regional Trust Fund. BTF contributed to the overall objective of the consortium to improve the learning outcomes and wellbeing for vulnerable children and youth, with or without disabilities, supporting them to reach their full potential. The project addressed the significant gap in education for vulnerable children through the mainstreaming of child protection into education.