Syrian refugee children enjoy play and classes in an educational center in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
There’s a buzz of excitement and a bit of hubbub and disorder as children in this educational center pop up out of their chairs or burst out talking and laughing. But the teachers are like magnets drawing the children’s eyes and minds in their direction, showing them pictures, playing music and encouraging them to sing: “A is for Apple, B is for ball…”
“There’s about 30 minutes of play, several breaks, as well as a meal,” says teacher Wafaa Anjarani, a Syrian refugee herself.
But the meat of the Early Childhood Education program is academics – English, math, Arabic, and science – taught with lots of songs and activities.
Teachers say the curriculum is equivalent to Kindergarten 1 and 2, and will prepare them to start regular school at age 7.
These are among the fortunate 3- to 6-year-old refugees who are able to attend an early childhood education program. As many as 3 million Syrian children of school age are not in school. Many older children have missed classes for years.
Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren