With just over a million Syrian refugees, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita. This puts an enormous pressure on already limited capacities of Lebanese infrastructure and public services, particularly within the higher education sector. Only less than 5% now have access to higher education. Failing to provide education to Syrian refugees not only prevents their adaptation to local life and job market but also their skills development for future Syrian reconstruction.
To respond this dire need, SPARK established its presence in Lebanon at the end of 2015 with an office running projects that support the development of higher education to the Syrian communities. The Lebanon office has launched its first higher education programmes at the end of 2015 in order to offer opportunities for Syrians to pursue their education and lead their conflict-affected societies into prosperity. At the moment SPARK is present in the North, Bekaa and Beirut/Mnt Lebanon.
In this short period SPARK Lebanon has gained trust and support of several higher education institutions, such as the American University of Beirut, which started courses in project management and interior design. The program expanded in 2016 to offer studies in ICDL, Early Childhood Teaching, and Nursing. Furthermore, in cooperation with Al-Qairawan vocational school, SPARK offers Syrian students to get vocational training accredited by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.Application Center