COUNTRIES: Lebanon
DURATION: 09/30/2014 - 09/29/2018
FUNDER: USAID
PARTNER: Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon, AMIDEAST, Management Services International, Ana Aqra’
CONTACTRajani.Shrestha@worldlearning.org

Program Description

The Quality Instruction towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) project aims to expand equitable access and improve learning outcomes for vulnerable students in Lebanese public schools.

Funded by USAID, the project will have an immediate focus on alleviating the strains to the system resulting from the continuing inflow of Syrian refugee children into Lebanese public schools. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon (MEHE), QITABI will improve facilities, services, and teaching as well as effectively engage communities and school councils to improve learning and increase the chances of youth remaining in the education system. The QITABI Consortium is led by World Learning, and includes Ana Aqra’, AMIDEAST, and Management Systems International (MSI). These partners will provide technical assistance and capacity building within the context of three project components.

Program Goals

  • Expand equitable access and improve learning outcomes for vulnerable students in Lebanon’s public schools.
  • Alleviate the pressure of the influx of Syrian refugee students on the public school system.
  • Increase the number of students who remain in the formal education system.

The project provides technical assistance and capacity building within the context of three project components:

Component 1: Improving reading outcomes for primary level public school students

QITABI Component 1 focuses on improving early grade students’ Arabic language reading skills in 260 primary public schools, Grades 1 to 4. The project provides training and coaching to about 1,000 primary school teachers and offers day-to-day support through project facilitators and hosts parental and community awareness reading activities. It also trains government teacher mentors and master trainers from the Center for Education and Research and Development (CERD) to support oversight of the program and continued professional development for educators. In addition, QITABI provides key educational resources including flip charts, audio systems, bookshelves, and classroom libraries to enhance reading instruction and learning for more than 42,800 students and ICT equipment and digital content to improve classroom learning environments for more than 58,600 students across Lebanon.

Component 2: Expanding access to safe and relevant education for vulnerable public school students

QITABI’s Component 2 aims to increase enrollment and retention of students in the formal education system by addressing barriers to attendance and bettering the school experience. To achieve this goal, the project works with 300 public schools across the country, especially in marginalized communities, to improve the school environment and equip schools with ICT resource rooms, which will benefit more than 73,700 students. QITABI works with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to build child-friendly schools by developing social and psychosocial support activities and designing and implementing a strategy to bring ICT resources into primary schools. In addition, the project is procuring 100 school buses to provide transportation to school for students who live in rural areas. QITABI will also use buses to reach students not currently in school to conduct basic literacy and numeracy classes and perform outreach to promote enrollment in formal education.

Component 3: Strengthening management (resilience in the education system to better direct and monitor education)

The effectiveness of Components 1 and 2 relies on the presence of strong institutional systems within MEHE to ensure sustainability. Activities under Component 3 will strengthen MEHE’s ability to monitor education services, design, and oversee reform efforts effectively. This will include stakeholder analysis and policy mapping, compiling and analyzing data collected at the school-level, and familiarizing MEHE units and departments with evidence-based decision-making. These activities will help develop and strengthen policies and guidelines that will create a more resilient Lebanese education system.

The project is implemented by World Learning in partnership with Management Systems InternationalAna Aqra’ and AMIDEAST.

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