Education for Peace and Resilience


During the past years, Adyan has been working, first with the Building Resilience and reconciliation through interfaith mediation dialogue and peace education (BRR) project, with different partners in Syria and Lebanon to ensure the delivery of extra-curricular activities to the Syria conflict affected children to provide them with psychosocial support and peace education sessions. Later on, Adyan developed manuals on these two topics and adopted, through the Tutor of Resilience Project (TDR), the resilience manual (from the Psychology Department- Resilience Research Unit of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milano).

Through the current project and based on the previous experiences, Adyan consolidated these three documents in one complementary educational program. To elaborate this Integrated Peace-building Educational Program (IPEP) for the age categories of 6-15, Adyan entered into collaboration with the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milano and consulted other Lebanese and Syrian experts.

This educational program, (IPEP) targets any children affected by war, who witnessed conflict aggravated by the mismanagement of diversity, as well as their caregivers, to acquire required knowledge and skills. For this, the Educational program was developed in an innovative way combining multiple approaches on peace education, resilience, diversity and faith-based values. It was also designed to be integrated into formal education by providing 24 interactive learning sessions through an academic year.

This peacebuilding approach is based on equipping the children and caregivers with the needed skills and knowledge to achieve solid change on both the individual and social levels which would allow them to face and overcome the constantly escalating external threats. This leads to building the children’s resiliency through an identified cycle of change. Thus, IPEP intends to contribute at the first stage to the mental and emotional wellbeing of the child and caregivers, who will then be able to foster relations and lead directly or indirectly the community toward achieving moral stability and social cohesion.


Due to the fact that the project design is to target Syrian caregivers by building their competences to ensure IPEP’s cycle of change among the children they serve, a network of resilient educators-animators are trained and supported by emotional discharge and care sessions. This network is selected from Adyan’s local partner organizations who are working on providing educational services to children (age 6 – 15) in formal and informal educational establishments, in both Lebanon (Beirut, Saida and the Bekaa) and Syria (Damascus, Aleppo and Tartous)

To ensure follow up and support for these partners, coaches, with special psychological expertise, are trained on the IPEP concepts to monitor the implementation of the 24 sessions and to assess the changes in educators-animators and children’s behaviors and reactions. These coaches provide constant feedback on implementation, obstacles and challenges to Adyan to ensure timely adaptation of work plans as needed. Based on their feedback, Adyan has edited and produced the final version of the IPEP manual.


Peacebuilding Educational Manual , Trainings (TOT, TOC, TOA), Implementation of 24 Interactive Educational sessions over an academic year
Lebanon and Syria
Syrian children and caregivers affected by the crisis
August 2015-July 2016



Overall Objective: :  Improving the mental health and relational aptitudes of the children and caregivers for reconciliation and peace.

Specific Objective: Strengthening the resilience and the internal and relational peace of the children and educators affected by crisis and war.

Expected Outcomes

Details on expected outcomes

75% of children showing increased levels of mental and social wellbeing

80 % of educators-animators successfully implementing the IPEP sessions in their respective organization.

80 % of educators-animators who demonstrate high level of active participation.

70% of educators-animators give feedback on the applicability and suitability of content to the context in which they are working in.

80 % of educators-animators show improvement in peacebuilding and interfaith resilience KSA (knowledge, skills and attitudes)

Details on expected outputs

  • Training of trainers and coaches
  • Training of animators
  • Implementing 24 interactive learning sessions in 7 educational centers
  • Elaborating and printing out of IPEP manual



Psychology Department- Resilience Research Unit of the Catholic University of Sacred Heart of Milano
 Bureau International Catholique de l’Enfance-BICE

Samah Halwany, Peace Projects Manager