Every child has the right to access education. In Lebanon, we are working to prevent the so-called ‘lost generation’ through providing access to education with our three catch-up schools.


The countries on the border with Syria host millions of people displaced from conflict; due to their proximity with the conflict, millions primarily are able to find refuge in Lebanon and Turkey. In Lebanon, one in every three people is a refugee (more than double since the conflict began). This sudden change has overwhelmed public services in these countries and has left those refugees unsupported.
A large number of refugee children do not have access to public education. In many cases, they will have already missed key years in their early education due to conflict during that time. 
Without urgent support, this children risk becoming part of so-called “lost generation”.
Our aim is to prevent this educational deficit. We have established three non-formal schools in Lebanon: in Beirut, Arsal and Saida. For younger refugee children, we run a core program aimed at preparing them for entry test into Lebanese public education. For older children, over the age of compulsory education, and refugee women we offer literacy and skills programs as a means of empowering them to navigate a new world.


The asylum-seeking unaccompanied youth that we support in the accommodation centers in Brussels attend language and regular education courses based on their age and level. As newly arrived to Belgium, however, it is necessary for them to be included in Belgian society and to realize their education and economic opportunities.

We also work in a female-only center which hosts adult and young adult women. Since they do not receive education beyond language training, SB Overseas provides them with a platform where they learn about their own skills and how to use them for their future.

With both the youth and women, we do weekly weekend activities that focus on this level of inclusion: negotiation training, learning about the European Union institutions, doing engineering-related activities and meeting people studying in universities. We focus on giving them the necessary tools  that will allow them to build their own future.