Kayany has seven schools, including two all-girls secondary schools, in four locations throughout the Bekaa governorate which is where the majority of Syrian refugees have settled in Lebanon.
Telyani and Nahreya
In 2014, Kayany established two schools: Teach for HopeSyria School and the Kuzbari & Rotary Germany School. Combined, these two schools educate a total of 1,200 Syrian refugee children in two shifts. In 2015, Kayany formed a three-year partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service to coordinate the administration of two of the schools in the Bar Elias area.
Telyani and Nahreya
- The Lebanese official curriculum is provided to students from grades 1 to 6.
- Child Protection and Psychosocial Support is provided at each school by a full-time social worker that conducts psychosocial support and resilience sessions.
- Capacity Building through providing regular teacher training with experts from AUB and UNESCO.
Reach Out to Asia
Following a successful partnership with the American University of Beirut, Kayany Foundation was chosen to be a local implementing partner for a project sponsored by the Reach Out To Asia fund. This comprised building and operating two schools for Syrian refugee children. The project is divided into four components: education, child protection, nutrition, and food safety. Education experts from AUB train the teachers on classroom management and child-centered teaching methods.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, in partnership with Kayany Foundation, established the first all-girls school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in 2015. She celebrated her 18th birthday at the school meeting the new students at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Kayany has since established a second Malala Yousafzai all-girls school for Syrian refugees. The school teaches the official Lebanese curriculum, and offers important child and women protection programs to strengthen resilience against various kinds of exploitation, increase job opportunities, and help the girls avoid forced early marriages. The schools also provide vocational and life-skills training through courses in computer literacy, nurse’s aid, sewing, embroidery, hairdressing and cosmetics. Upon graduation students receive a certificate of accreditation from the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
In January 2017, Kayany established a new school in Meksi village in the Bekaa governorate. It provides education to 570 Syrian refugee children between the ages of 6 and 14. The school was built with funds provided by the Boghossian Foundation and Rotary Germany.
In October 2017, Kayany Foundation opened the UNITED NATIONS WOMEN FOR PEACE ASSOCIATION (UNWFPA) School for Syrian Refugee Girls, an educational and vocational school for 160 adolescent girls who had been missing their education as a result of the conflict in Syria. The school is funded by the United Nations Women for Peace Association through a partnership with Friends of Kayany, Inc., a US nonprofit organization that shares the charitable mission of educating Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.