CLES (Lebanese Center for Special Education) is a Lebanese non-profit, non-governmental, non-sectarian organization established in 1999 with a mission to provide free individualized assistance to children facing Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD). CLES mission focuses on diverse projects that offer equal opportunities to all children and promote inclusion among them irrespective of their differences and capacity to learn.
CLES’s work across Lebanon is categorized under 6 key pillars, all offered for free to the target beneficiaries:
- Centers’ Individualized Assistance
- Awareness Campaigns
- Learning Support Classes
- Care by CLES
- Art by CLES
CLES activities take place in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Education. Since 2005, in the spirit of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and CLES collaborate to ensure that every child has access to education, equal rights, and protection.
To ensure that the child’s learning difficulties are not related to:
- Below average intelligence level.
- Acute behavioral issues and personality disorders.
- Neurological problems.
- Auditory and vision problems.
Yet the child suffers from:
- A speciﬁc learning disability such as: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysorthographia, dysphasia, etc.
- Other related learning difficulties such as: speech disorders, visual perception, auditory perception, kinesthetic, psychomotor and/or emotional ill-adaptation.
All CLES centers are staffed with a team of specialists in psychology, speech therapy, and psychomotor therapy.
The specialists work individually with each child to ensure integration into the normal academic programs.
The CLES team works on the diagnosis and treatment of each individual child and coordinates through weekly meetings to discuss and plan the course of action for each case.