Non-formal education programming: enabling refugee children to enrol and integrate into the formal certified education system
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provided non-formal education programming to Syrian refugee and host community children over a four-year period, using a 3-phased
approach: 1) Education in Emergencies 2) Structured non-formal education programmes aimed at reintegrating children into the certified public education system. 3) Support to formal education. The programme provides a sense of normalcy, protection and selfreliance, and to establish pathways to certified formal education.
From 2013 to 2016, NRC enrolled 42,454 refugee and host community children in their non-formal education programmes. In all phases, NRC’s holistic education approach included:
- Facilitating the integration of children in school through a comprehensive approach that matches learning and academic skills with psycho-social and recreational support and life skills training.
- Involving parents and the wider community through awareness/information sessions aimed at increased engagement of parents in the learning and development of their children at school.
- Supporting teachers and school personnel in adopting child-centered and inclusive approaches inside the classroom.
- Creating a safe and conducive learning environment.
Assessment data following the implementation of Basic Literacy and Numeracy in the South of Lebanon in 2016, showed that 76% of the children who attended classes, successfully enrolled in formal public education.