The vision of the Tahaddi Education Center is to be a place which promotes social integration and where youth will gain the necessary knowledge, skills and values to overcome poverty and its consequences.
Its mission is to develop the academic and the social skills of this youth in order to empower them to achieve the best of their abilities.They take part in a program adapted to their needs, thanks to a team of qualified educators.
The TEC offers a comprehensive 5-year program to over 120 unschooled children. The youth who attend the program have missed the normal school admission age often for economic reasons. Some were not able to meet the entry requirements expected by the Public School system, which is seldom adapted to address the needs of underprivileged children. Others simply dropped out of school.
Graduating youth are provided with vocational training opportunities. The TEC is also a place of learning
The TEC's main educational initiative is at least a 5 year full-time program for children who are at risk of life-long illiteracy for economic and social reasons.This program follows the national curriculum but it is adapted to the needs of the children: Math, Arabic, English, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Computers are taught. Creative means are used to engage children. Art, Music, Drama and physical expression are also an integral part of the program as a way of enhancing self
Vocational training opportunities for graduating students
After spending at least 5 years in Tahaddi's full-time program, graduating youth are provided with the opportunity to learn a trade through vocational training. Gaining professional skills is a way to break the cycle of poverty and fulfill our mission of empowerment and integration.
Our career counselor meets individually with each child and they fill out a questionnaire to help them understand their likings and strengths. The social worker organizes visits to vocational training colleges.
Some students in the shantytown of Hay el Gharbeh attend formal schools. However, they often lack the necessary support at home to succeed at school. The Lebanese curriculum requires bilingualism (Arabic/French or Arabic/English) and is especially challenging. To help these students, we offer after-school homework support several times a week.
Literacy Program for Older Children
Tahaddi runs a daily afternoon literacy program for older children, including many Syrian youth. They study Arabic and Math as well as Art and Computer. It is an opportunity to be reintegrated into academic programs after years of disruption and a way to regain self confidence and hope for a better future. This program is in line with our mission to work with at-risk youth regardless of their background and nationality.
Thanks to the generosity of different donors, Tahaddi
Adult Literacy Program
Parents and young adults are also eager to learn to read and write. The TEC is open for them through our regular adult Arabic and English literacy program.
Youth Computer Program
Many young men and women are eager to learn new technologies to feel part of the society they live in and increase their chances to get a job. Our computer lab is open to youth from the area and classes are provided where the participants get a comprehensive overview of Microsoft Office software.