Lebanon Action Needed on Syrian Refugee Education Crisis

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    Financial, political, and Covid-related crises in Lebanon have wreaked havoc on Syrian and Lebanese students alike, with educational standards dropping to unprecedented levels. During the 20218-19 school year, only 42% of school-age Syrian children in Lebanon were in school, and the number decreased with the 2019-20 school year.

    The Education Ministry of Lebanon will not allow Syrian children to enroll in schools unless they have completed a special accelerated program yet has failed to offer this program in the last two years. Numerous unlicensed private schools have been shut down, yet only public schools are enabled for a small portion of Syrian student previously privately enrolled. There is an extensive need for governmental support for teachers and staff, and online learning platforms have failed to account for the fact that many families have very limited online access.

    It is advised that donors should engage with the Lebanese government and education should be facilitated with collaborative action, including removing the restrictions on humanitarian groups providing education.

    Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/03/26/lebanon-action-needed-syrian-refugee-education-crisis

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