Paris (UNA-OIC) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed that it will rehabilitate damaged schools and affected areas in the aftermath of the deadly explosion that occurred in the Lebanese capital on August 4.
The education sector was heavily impacted, as the explosion led to the partial or complete destruction of about 70 public schools and 50 private schools in Beirut and neighboring areas, UNESCO said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Such devastation threatens to disrupt the new academic year and deprive about 55,000 Lebanese and non-Lebanese students enrolled in these schools of their right to education, it added.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States – Beirut, Dr. Hamed Al Hamami, met with the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Tarek Majzoub, in presence of Director-General Fadi Yarak, to explore the needs of the education sector and discuss UNESCO’s response, said the statement.
At the request of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, UNESCO will rehabilitate damaged schools in Beirut and affected areas, and will coordinate the school rehabilitation efforts in Lebanon among education partners to avoid duplication and ensure harmony of interventions, according to the statement.
“The rehabilitation of schools damaged by the Beirut explosion is one of the basic conditions for ensuring access to primary and secondary education, and it also contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), that is – students’ access to inclusive and equitable quality education, even in emergency and crisis situations where the provision of educational services may be disrupted,” Al Hamami said.