Statement addressed to the Lebanese Government, Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), and International Organizations and Donors

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Early January 2023, the Director General of the Ministry of Education in Lebanon, Imad Al-Ashqar, issued the suspension of afternoon education in Lebanese public schools for Syrian refugee students. This decision came in the context of the general strike of morning shift public school teachers (for Lebanese students) due to the governmental incapacity to pay public school employees’ salaries.

These perturbations in the public education field in Lebanon come even though the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) has received the proper funding via its 5 Year General Education Plan (5YP) that promotes an inclusive approach to both Lebanese and Syrian refugee students and covers the operational costs of each public school.

The latest decisions issued by the General Director of the MEHE have caused severe damage to Lebanese and Syrian refugee students and impacted their future in accessing an education that takes into account their human rights to education.

Based on this, Access Center for Human Rights sees a necessity of continuing public schooling in Lebanon regardless of the students’ nationalities or legal status.

The MEHE should take serious measures in tackling the problems that affect Lebanon’s public schooling to ensure the continuity of education for all students, Lebanese and Syrian refugees equally. 
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