Jusoor runs educational programmes for thousands of Syrian refugee children across Lebanon. 7DAYS visited its largest school, the Bekaa Centre, on the western edge of the Bekaa Valley, which educates about 500 children aged 69 from 20 camps in the area. “Jusoor has three centres in Lebanon - one in Beirut for 250 kids, and two here in the Bekaa Valley,” said summer programme coordinator Mohammed Haj Ali, a 25-year-old refugee from Syria (right). Suha Tutunji, Education Programme Director at Jusoor, said the schools aim to bridge the education gap in refugee camps in Lebanon where roughly half of child refugees aren’t receiving a formal education. “Some of these children have a huge education gap and haven’t been to school in four years since the war began so they need informal remedial education,” said Tutunji. “The schools aim to give refugees a purpose from a young age so they’re not lured into extremism later in life when they have nothing to lose because they’re poor and have no work.” Jusoor follows the Lebanese Arabic curriculum for maths, science, physical education, art, Arabic and also peace education classes. The organisation also recently incorporated Syrian identity classes into the agenda.