American Univesity of Beirut

Science Education: A Key to University Access for Refugee Girls

​Science Education: A Key to University Access for Refugee Girls project strengthens the pipeline to Higher Education for Syrian refugees (ages 14-25, 90% female) through establishing dedicated science labs in two all-girls Ghata schools operating in Informal Tented Settlements, teaching Lebanese science curriculum tailored to the students’ needs, and providing capacity-building to science teachers in public institutions and refugee-serving educational NGOs. 

Project aim:

  • Enhance the science and critical thinking components of AUB’s blended college readiness program (PADILEIA​) for 50 Syrian refugee high school graduates (ages 18-25) hosted in the Ghata schools
  • Provide accredited science education and support success in official exams that are prerequisites in the pathway to Higher Education for 300 Syrian refugee girls (ages 1​4-20)
  • Enable the Ghata girls’ secondary schools to maintain the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) accreditation, thus keeping refugee girls who otherwise could not access schooling in the pipeline to Higher Education
  • Improve the capacity of 50 tertiary, secondary, and intermediate science educators to teach Syrian refugees.
AUB-CCECS provides project management and technical assistance for the science labs with support from faculty and volunteers from the AU​B Department of Chemistry​. Faculty experts from the AUB Department of Education’s Science and Mathematics Education Center​ are providing teacher training and capacity building. 

Funding is provided by the grant scheme of the Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians (HOPES) project - European Union’s Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the Madad Fund.


  • Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians (HOPES)
  • Kayany Foundation​

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