Just.Childhood Programs


Within the framework of Just.Childhood Lebanon’s new psycho-social support project with the support our partner organization Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V. (https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/emergency-pedagogy) and funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V. (ADH), a module training will be offered to interested participants working in the fields of university teaching, pedagogy, medicine, school education, social work, as well as community representatives, NGO employees and other stakeholders. Through the trainings, participants will receive in-depth training in their practical and theoretical skills in emergency and trauma education. The further qualified persons have the opportunity to directly apply what they have learned in their everyday work with children.

The capacity building training consists of 8 modules, which take place over one year, while two modules will be offered together with the exception of Module 1 and 2, which will be offered separately.

Each module consists of 16 hours, combined of theoretical and practical lessons. The entire advanced training comprises 128 hours. The content is certified by the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart ( https://www.freie-hochschule-stuttgart.de/en/).

To view/download the training brochure please follow this link: Training Brochure


Training & Registration Dates:

Module 1 (Psychotraumatology I): 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of September, 2022
Deadline for registration: 24th of August, 2022
Early bird registration: Until 5th of August, 2022

Module 2 (Psychotraumatology II): 10th, 11th, and 12th of November, 2022
Deadline for registration: 1st of November, 2022
Early bird registration: Until 12th of October, 2022

Module 3 (Psychotraumatology III): TBD, 2023
Module 4 (Emergency Pedagogy I): TBD, 2023
Module 5 (Emergency Pedagogy II): TBD, 2023
Module 6 (Emergency Pedagogy III): TBD, 2023
Module 7 (Emergency Pedagogy IV): TBD, 2023
Module 8 (Reflection/Supervision/Certification): TBD, 2023

* Training will be available online for participants from abroad.

* Participants will only be certified after completing all eight modules.


$100per module
Emergency Pedagogy
  • Discounts for offline participation:
  • 25% off for full 8 modules registration until 24th of August 2022
  • Online participation fee:
  • $50/module


Registration Form


There is emerging evidence that violence experienced early in life can have a long-lasting detrimental impact on health, life skills, competencies, attitudes and beliefs. Research has shown that besides creating child-friendly spaces through kindergartens and schools, the way parents deal with their children is the single most important thing to child development. Consequently a child-friendly and safe family/home situation is crucial for healthy development.

In Shatila parents live (and grew up themselves) under difficult circumstances; in poverty, with high unemployment, suffering from (inherited) trauma and due to the camp’s overpopulation experiencing little to no privacy, even at home. There’s a lack of safe spaces for women and girls where they can express themselves freely, develop friendships, social networks and engage with mentors to seek advice from a supportive environment. Parents in general are stressed, overwhelmed and have no mental space to fulfill their important role in child development.

Based on the above, there was a need to start a parent-focused project, to work towards the home as a safe space for children and parents alike.


Dropping out of school has become a major concern in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

By looking towards developing an intervention plan to address the high rate of early school dropouts, one of the measures, providing a high quality, universal pre-school and full-day kindergarten was already implemented with our Waldorf kindergarten project Bait al-Shams. Also, with our Parent program, we are involving the community and families in the children’s learning.

With our afternoon program we are supporting our overall Early Childhood Education project by reaching out to the children who have left our kindergarten for school and therefore extend the support to them and their families, but also to other children their age. In modern understanding of teaching it is quite known by now that a holistic approach to education, learning in movement, emotionalized and activity-oriented learning, learning without pressure and fear, rituals etc are necessary for a sustainable learning an education success.

Research about the education system in the camps suggests that there is a lack of emotional, social and cultural competencies in kindergartens and later at school. Therefore our concept aims at strengthening emotional intelligence, empathy, and the focus on social-artistic competencies. When developing the concept, the child and its age and developmental needs were always in the center of the educational practice. Cognitive subjects, artistic-musical subjects as well as technical-practical classes are stimulating the individual education process of the child. The versatility of the learning offers is supporting the development of the personality and gives space for character development through the practicing of responsibilities, reliability, independence and the behavior in a group. A main aim is to preserve the children’s natural joy of learning. Every child needs to be taken care of, challenged and supported according to its individual needs and talents.

Our afternoon program runs from Monday to Thursday between 2 and 5pm. The children have time to play, practice their art skills and creativity and work on their homework. They are being encouraged to work in groups and to support each other and rely less on adult help. The aim is for them to develop confidence and to be able to master their homework independently later on. So far, there are two teachers responsible for the program.


There is an urgent need for outdoor space and purposeful activities targeting children and youth in the camps.

Children and youth usually spend their free time in the narrow alleys of the camp looking for entertainment opportunities, which negatively affects their physical and mental health. What is also unfortunate is the absence of designated public spaces, which are open to all at all times.
The skate park in Horesh Beirut was built from scratch by Make Life Skate Life Association, and currently, we are collaborating with them in providing skateboarding sessions to 60 children from Shatila and Bourj Al Barajneh Camps. In addition to providing the needed physical activities and teaching children and young people the skills to skate, this project aims to enable children and youth to acquire skills and pass them on to others.

It also aims to create a reliable rhythm and relationships between parents and children through the participation of parents who walk with their children to the park, which is located ten minutes away from Shatila camp.

This project has the potential to break the stereotypes about the Palestinian camps and helps integrate children in a proper way outside the camp environment. Children interact with people from different areas and backgrounds. Being part of the skating community gives them a new identity and boosts their self-confidence and they can express themselves through it.
One another important result of this project is the breaking of gender stereotypes and the high participation of girls and young women with the encouragement and support of their parents.

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