The Minister of Education & Higher Education, Mr. Marwan Hamadeh, and the British Ambassador Mr. Chris Rampling visited the “Basic Literacy and Numeracy Program” implemented at Ana Aqra Association’s center in Beirut which is supported by UNICEF. A delegation from UNICEF headed by UNICEF Lebanon Representative, Ms. Tanya Chapuisat was also present.
The delegation met with Ana Aqra Association’s Executive Director Mrs. Rima Musallam who discussed the current situation of non-formal education in light of the crisis of displacement, and where learners stand in this regard. Mrs. Musallam went over Ana Aqra’s role in responding to educational needs overall, and in collaborating with other organizations to support the mission of Ana Aqra Association and its programs that benefit around 15,000 learners a year.
The delegation visited the classrooms whereby His Excellency Minister Hamadeh and Ambassador Rampling participated in a number of activities with the learners and exchanged thoughts about the program with them. Ambassador Rampling expressed how proud he was of the role that Ana Aqra Association is taking and the importance it is bringing about through the change it is making in the lives of learners. Both Minister Hamadeh and Ambassador Rampling expressed how happy they were to meet the learners, while the learners in turn expressed their gratitude for this visit.
Finally, the delegation was introduced to Ana Aqra Association’s Arabic Kit “I play & learn” which includes educational games. The Kit will be officially launched in February 2019, on the occasion of the association’s Silver Jubilee.
The “Basic Literacy and Numeracy Program” prepares school-aged children who have either dropped out or never been to school, for formal enrollment. The program focuses on fostering foundational reading, writing, math and science skills that are in alignment with the official Lebanese curriculum. Based on the 2010 project “I can also read”, the program began in 2013 with a focus on “learn how to learn” strategies.
The program is implemented in five centers; in Beirut, Mount Lebanon, North Lebanon, and in the Beqaa. The program benefits more than 2,000 learners/ year. This program goes hand in hand with other support programs implemented by Ana Aqra Association in its centers and in public schools under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and in partnership with international and local organizations/ donors working together in order to meet the needs of the learners in Lebanon.