The Luminos Fund has committed to mobilising $20 million to help bring children affected by the Syrian crisis back to school. The Syrian civil war is among the worst of the present-day humanitarian crises affecting the global community. An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the start of the civil war in March 2011. Syrian families are struggling to survive, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, and many are risking their lives to flee to Europe. The Syrian crisis is occurring on a global scale that politicians and global aid agencies agree is unprecedented. The number of Syrian refugee children out of school is currently estimated at 700,000 and Lebanon is home to 400,000 of these children who have fallen victim as a result of the Civil War.
The Fund’s pilot programme will focus on both accelerated learning and remedial education using the Speed School model in its design, addressing Lebanon’s shortage of classrooms, trained teachers, and resources. It will also provide basic humanitarian assistance on a limited scale. The Luminos Fund will adapt its model to enable 15-to-18-year-olds to complete their secondary education through an accelerated high-school learning experience, help 6-to-14-year-old students to re-enter the school system and ensure that those currently enrolled are less likely to drop out. The programme will also provide conditional cash transfers to families, where necessary, to address pressing needs that contribute significantly to high rates of both out-of school children and dropouts.