Access to public education is one of the biggest challenges for children living in informal camps and shelters that have been scattered throughout Lebanon since 2011. These children often face terrible living conditions and lots of them are prevented from accessing school due to transportation fees, child labor, or early marriages. 58% of children between 3 and 18 years old living in Lebanon are currently out of school.
As part of the response to the Syrian crisis, Amel International has adapted its educational activities to the above-mentioned needs of Syrian and Lebanese children, based on the extensive experience of working in the field and remote camps, due to her previous experience in the field of mobile medical clinics. Amel conducted a comprehensive assessment of needs in the Khiam-Marjayoun area, which decided to launch the MEU project in 2016. A second Mobile Education Unit was launched in 2018 in West Bekaa (Kamed el Loz region).
The MEUs are special vehicles equipped with educational and recreational materials (books, educational games, numeric tablets, etc) as well as a cabinet for psychological consultation, benches, tables and movie-projection equipment. The MEUs operate directly in the informal tented settlements on a weekly basis, and provides vulnerable children with Retention support activities (homework support and remedial sessions) psychosocial activities (individual consultations, focus groups and awareness sessions for the parents), recreational and cultural activities (weekly movie projections in the ITS, outdoor activities, drawings, theatre, etc) in addition to circus activities thanks to our partnership with Les Enfants de la Méditerranée and Cirquenciel.