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UN appeal for $ 100 million to provide education for Syrian students in Lebanon

UN appeal for $ 100 million to provide education for Syrian students in Lebanonimage

27 May 2015

 

<p>The United Nations envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown’s, appealed for raising a hundred million dollars in the next three months, in order to secure access to education for a greater number of Syrian refugee students in Lebanon.</p>

 

<p>Brown said at a news conference in Beirut, that this amount will help the Ministry of Education in Lebanon to increase the number of enrolled students in school, as Lebanon hosts about 400 thousand Syrian refugees’ students, and only one hundred thousand of them joined the current academic year.</p>

 

<p>During a press conference held in Beirut on Tuesday at the end of two-day visit Brown said that “in the coming 100 days, we will work on collecting a hundred million to enable the Ministry of Education in Lebanon to increase the number of enrolled students in school.”</p>

 

<p>Lebanon hosts about 1.2 million Syrians who had fled the ongoing war in their country for more than four years.</p>

 

<p>Brown, who was the most prominent contributor in the launch of the initiative “No for losing the generation” in Syria due to the ongoing conflict, said “we climbed the first mountain and we had given one hundred thousand refugee children the chance to attend school, but today we have to climb another mountain, and we have to do it quickly, because now we are helping only 25 percent of the refugees here In Lebanon “.</p>

 

<p>And he added “certainly we want this kids to return to their country as soon as possible and build educational services to them in Syria, but as long as they are here it’s our duty to be able to provide education opportunities for them in Lebanon.”</p>

 

<p>The interim representative of the UNICEF organization in Lebanon, Luciano Kalistina said during the press conference “What is missing is the funding (…) we have 300 000 student who the lack in funding prevents them from attending school.”</p>

 

<p>And he added “We are working with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and with our partners to provide quality education for children who are in danger, and to ensure that they remain in school.”</p>

 

<p>In addition to that Abu saa’b said that “the number of registered Lebanese students in Lebanese public schools amounted to 270 thousand before the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, while today we have 400 000 Syrian student want to enter it.”</p>

 

<p>Lebanon had managed in the last year to get a hundred million dollars from the international community according to Abu Saa’b, and that allowed to enrol one hundred thousand Syrian student in public schools and to help the Lebanese students by paying some fees for them, in addition to providing teachers’ salaries after the adoption of two-shift system (Morning and evening) in the public schools.</p>

 

 

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