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Case Study: A Closer Look at the Educational Landscape in Lebanon

Lebanon’s educational landscape faces unprecedented challenges, as reflected in the latest data and reports from the multi-sectoral situation update for the third quarter of 2023. ACUA, committed to championing social justice through economic and human development, sheds light on the current state of education in Lebanon, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to address the critical issues affecting the nation’s youth.

Economic Struggles Impacting Education: The economic crisis in Lebanon has had severe repercussions on its education system, with soaring inflation rates and the cost of living reaching unprecedented levels. The survival minimum expenditure basket has seen a substantial increase, making access to education a formidable challenge for many families. The economic downturn has also resulted in intermittent teacher strikes, leading to prolonged school closures and significant learning losses.

Challenges in Schooling Accessibility: As of the third quarter of 2023, over half a million children are at risk of missing out on learning for the fifth consecutive year. The economic uncertainties have prompted unexpected movements of students from public to private schools, creating financial barriers for most households. An estimated 27% of school-aged children are out of school, with transportation fees, school materials, and administrative constraints posing significant obstacles.

Empowering Through Knowledge: Amid the challenges, ACUA and its partners remain steadfast in their commitment to providing continuous learning opportunities. The creation of a unified education data management system and evidence-based policy frameworks demonstrates a strategic approach to enhance the education sector’s capabilities and effectiveness.

The Road Ahead: Collaborative Solutions for a Brighter Future: As Lebanon navigates the complexities of its education crisis, collaboration emerges as a crucial element for positive change. ACUA’s dedication to empowering all citizens extends to the realm of education, where partnerships with NGOs, government entities, and educational experts are essential to overcoming barriers and fostering a resilient education system.

In conclusion, ACUA acknowledges the intricate challenges faced by Lebanon’s education system and remains committed to championing collaborative solutions. By navigating the current landscape with strategic initiatives, ACUA aims to contribute to building a brighter future for Lebanon’s youth, where education is not just a privilege but a fundamental right for all.

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