“We cannot just sit and watch an entire generation of Syrian children descend into illiteracy and lose their chance at an independent future after the war.“
Jaqueline Flory, Founder
Around 200.000 Syrian children are living in refugee camps in Lebanon, without a chance of attending school. Instead of learning how to read and write, many have to work in the fields for many hours of the day. According to UNHCR, at least 27,825 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon were affected by child labor in 2021. To address this harmful situation Munich-born Jaqueline Flory partnered with the teachers and parents of Tumblinger Elementary School and founded the organization Zeltschule e.V. („Tent School“ ) in 2016.
The motivating idea is as simple as it is captivating: The girls and boys are to be taught by teachers from the refugee community in basic tent schools right inside of the camps. And in order to make up for the loss in labor force, the organization supports the parents with food and water. Today, more than 10.000 children are receiving lessons in 39 such tent schools every day and 40.000 people are provided with everything that’s necessary to survive.