Ana Aqra Association

Location:
Beirut, Lebanon
Alfanar Investee since:
2012
Social impact:
377 schools have been impacted; 4600 teachers have been trained; 89,775 children and 13,680 parents have benefited from Ana Aqra’s programme.

Ana Aqra's innovative teacher training and coaching is combating fourth-grade high repetition rates and consequent dropout rates, reducing achievement gaps of Syrian refugee children to ensure sustained schooling.

The Challenge

In some of Lebanon’s disadvantaged communities, up to 40 percent of students drop out of school simply because they do not have the needed literacy skills to succeed in school. Today, 49% of Syrian children and 6% of Lebanese children aged 6 to 14 are out of school in Lebanon.

The organisation

Ana Aqra Association targets the educational, psychosocial and cultural needs of underprivileged children, aged 4 to 14 and attending Lebanese elementary public schools, providing support to their parents, teachers, and the school administration. Since 2010, the main focus of the association has been to advance literacy through investing in programs that build teachers’ capacity while providing the opportunity for struggling readers to become independent learners.

What’s Been Achieved with Alfanar’s Support

Over the past four years, Alfanar has worked with Ana Aqra to help it evolve to a service provider. Armed with a new business plan and inspired by a study mission to the Hippocampus Learning Centres in India, Ana Aqra has created a new social enterprise unit, which provides teacher-training services and educational resources. It has also expanded its services to include non-formal education pathways conducted in learning centres, targeting out of-school children who are awaiting enrolment into the public schools. To counter obstacles of access and to foster a culture of learning, Ana Aqra provides two mobile learning centres that travel to remote areas thus providing the first step to school. Ana Aqra recovered all the costs of its social business unit in a two-year time span.

Looking Ahead

Overall, Ana Aqra aims to impact another 3,300 teachers and 250,000 children. Ana Aqra is also selling its products to private schools in remote areas, with the aim of building a portfolio in the private sector. Moreover, Ana Aqra recently won a consulting project in Greece to support education efforts for refugees and is studying the possibility to do the same for displaced people in Iraq.