Towards inclusive educational communities

Students celebrating the National Day April 2015

Title Towards inclusive educational communities
Description In Lebanon, Lebanese and Syrian refugee children with learning difficulties often do not have the support they need to reach their potential. This project will work with two public schools, providing training, specialist interventions and advice for teachers, parents and students. These schools will act as pilots to advocate for change at national level.
Status Pipeline
Dates Start: November 2015; End October 2017
Implementing partner Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD)
Location Lebanon
Sector Education


  • Many children have learning difficulties. In 2014, a SKILD survey showed that 59.5% of pupils attending elementary public schools in Lebanon had a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, speech and language impairment, ADD/ADHD and autism.
  • Children with learning difficulties are marginalised and do not reach their potential. In Lebanon, there are no laws safeguarding the rights of individuals with learning difficulties. Due to socio-cultural factors, children who are unable to find immediate success in mainstream schools are left with no other option for education and inclusion in society. They are often hidden away in homes, as many families are not aware of or do not have the ability to access appropriate resources.
  • Lack of specialised support in public schools. While the majority of Lebanese children attend private schools, those from poorer families will attend public schools which rely on state provision and tend to provide less specialised support for children with learning difficulties.
  • Additional needs of refugee children. The Middle East crisis has resulted in a huge influx of refugees to Lebanon, with many Syrian children enrolling for school in Lebanon. Many of these children are suffering with trauma and bring their own educational challenges, putting extra pressure on the public school system.


lsesd 80x80The Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) is a faith-based organisation serving the Arab world through spiritual, social and educational development.

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SKILD is a project established in 2011 by the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). SKILD works with children, teachers and parents through its Centre and in schools. In April 2013, SKILD partnered with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the British Council to launch Lebanon’s first National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties (April 22nd).

Public school teachers trained Response

The project will work in two public schools in Lebanon to establish inclusive educational communities for Lebanese and Syrian refugee children with learning difficulties.

  • Training for teachers. SKILD staff will train and coach teachers to identify children with particular needs and adapt the curriculum and teaching methods to better fit the needs of the students, or to refer to specialists.
  • Supplying specialists. A psychologist and speech therapists will undertake therapy and remediation sessions with students referred by teachers and SKILD staff.
  • Advocacy for national policy change. Through its excellent and unique relationship with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, this project will function as a pilot, providing evidence and learning to influence national policy and approaches to education for children with learning difficulties throughout Lebanon.

The overall aim is to enable all children in these schools to reach their potential, and to provide a model for the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to replicate nationally among all public schools.


The total cost of this two-year project is £116,634. Cyan International is aiming to raise £40,000 in support of this work.

SKILD kids

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