Education and Hope
In cooperation with the local partner organizations (Caritas Jordan, Caritas Lebanon and since 2018 Caritas Syria), Caritas Austria, (Caritas) Salzburg and (Caritas) Kärnten/Carinthia have provided Syrian refugee children with access to quality education, since 2015. 70 percent of these children are Syrian refugees, 30 percent are vulnerable children from the host countries. In addition to the education for their children, the families receive support through Life Skill trainings that include alphabetization and language classes, as well as basic computer-skill courses and first aid trainings. This support is needed urgently since Syria's neighboring countries still have major deficiencies regarding access to quality education, child protection and psychosocial support. RHEP continuously contributes to reducing these deficiencies, so as to enhance the well-being and prospects of children and their communities and decrease the number of children in the region who are out of school, which at this point are still 43 percent.
Due to the improving safety situation in Syria, the Caritas RHEP program can also provide access to educational measures for children and teenagers in Syria itself since 2018.
A detailed report of the RHEP Programme’s implementation can be found here