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What we do

Education

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Education

Overview

Education is often the first service to disappear in emergencies and the last to be resumed. Crises are lasting entire generations, and the 75 million children affected by them are in need of immediate educational support. Children in fragile settings experiencing conflict are more than twice as likely to be out of school compared with those living in countries not affected by conflict. Similarly, adolescents in these settings are two-thirds more likely to be out of school. Girls, children with disabilities, and refugees have even greater barriers to accessing education.

Education is critical for securing brighter futures for individuals whose lives have been disrupted by conflict or disaster. Education is also protecting boys and girls against further violence and exploitation, as well as contributing to their resilience. Relief International’s education programs creatively respond to the needs of the most vulnerable children and adolescents who live in volatile environments so that they don’t lose out on their future or lose hope in their own potential.

All of Relief International’s education work is underpinned by protection measures. This means we ensure that groups with high vulnerability or special needs have access and dignity in attaining the education they need to thrive.

Relief International specializes in providing education for children and young adults in fragile settings, many of whom are at risk of dropping out or being left behind. Our vision is for education to be fundamentally lifesaving and life-transforming. Ultimately, we want education to equip children and young people to be the architects and guardians of their own and their communities’ futures.

We do so by focusing on four pillars:

  • Equitable Access: All children have the right to access and complete a full course of education opportunities. Relief International specifically focuses on the primary and secondary years. We ensure equal access to quality education for all students, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or geographic location. We are committed to reaching the most vulnerable. In particular, boys and girls living in remote areas, those from ethnic minorities, and people living with disabilities.
  • Learning: Attending school is not enough. Children need to have access to quality teaching and learning. They need to leave school with the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to work, lead healthy lives, continue to learn, and be active and responsible citizens
  • Safe and protected young people: Relief International’s education programming restores educational opportunities for displaced children and refugee students by creating safe, protected environments for students to learn. We work with schools, communities, and institutions to strengthen protection mechanisms and systems. We ensure well-being by providing young children with access to safe spaces where they can develop their cognitive, emotional, and social skills.
  • Sustainability: To promote sustainability, Relief International trains educators and tailors curriculum to meet students’ needs. We teach valuable life skills geared towards finding employment, such as computer skills, accounting, and financial literacy.
Our Impact

Where we focus in education

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129K
Students provided with traditional classes, remedial training, recreational activities, and exam preparation in 2018
1.4K
Teachers and educators trained in fragile settings across the globe in 2018
362
Number of schools or educational facilities supported or rehabilitated in 2018
Ibrahim, 12, and two of his brothers receive $52/month through Relief International’s Cash for Education program. This is the boys second year of receiving the assistance that runs from November to May. The boys are Syrian refugees living in Lebanon’s Bekka Valley. In addition to attending the government school, they attend a homework support group once a week for two hours that is taught by Relief International staff in the informal settlement where the boys live. Elie Gardner/RI

Education in Fragile Settings

Somalia

Educating Girls to End Poverty in Somalia

Throughout Somalia, violence and extreme poverty have left deep scars, forcing many families to keep girls at home instead of in school. In response, Relief International has implemented the Educate Girls, End Poverty program, providing Somali girls with the opportunity to receive an education and break the cycle of chronic poverty.

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Jordan

The Changemakers of Azraq Camp

In Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp, Syrian teachers and fellow refugees Shadi Zahed and Muteeb Hamdan are making their students’ dreams of higher education a reality.

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Jordan

“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there.”

Relief International is the only provider of education inside Jordan’s Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps. Our signature project is a year-long prep course for the Tawjihi, the final exam students are required to take to graduate from high school.

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Jordan

“We educate women because it changes the world.”

One in every three marriages between Syrian refugees in Jordan involve a child under the age of 18. Huda is one of these women. This is her story.

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Lebanon

Cash for Education Keeps Refugees in School

Mustafa Al Sayyah, 13, was forced to abandon his education when he became a refugee. Now, he works to earn tips at a local vegetable shop in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Relief International’s Cash for Education program is working to make sure that other Syrian refugees living in Lebanon don’t have to do the same.

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Ifrah participates in Relief International's education program that empowers young women to break the cycle of poverty.

Somalia

Educating Girls to End Poverty in Somalia

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

Jordan

The Changemakers of Azraq Camp

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

Jordan

“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there.”

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

Jordan

“We educate women because it changes the world.”

Twelve-year-old Rahim Al Sayyah participates in Relief International’s Cash for Education program in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Elie Gardner/ RI.

Lebanon

Cash for Education Keeps Refugees in School

Ifrah participates in Relief International's education program that empowers young women to break the cycle of poverty.
Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI
Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI
Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI
Twelve-year-old Rahim Al Sayyah participates in Relief International’s Cash for Education program in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Elie Gardner/ RI.
Ifrah participates in Relief International's education program that empowers young women to break the cycle of poverty.

Educating Girls to End Poverty in Somalia

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

The Changemakers of Azraq Camp

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

“Wherever life takes me, I will use my education to get there.”

Jordan. Elie Gardner/RI

“We educate women because it changes the world.”

Twelve-year-old Rahim Al Sayyah participates in Relief International’s Cash for Education program in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Elie Gardner/ RI.

Cash for Education Keeps Refugees in School

From our staff

Through Relief International's education programs, children are offered a source of stability and structure, helping them to regain childhoods that are too often lost to violence, conflict, or disaster.

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Get in touch

For more information on Relief International’s work in education, please contact [email protected]