UNESCO Response in Lebanon
There are around 1 million Syrian refugees that have been registered since the beginning of the unrest, out of which the vast majority reside in the 225 localities with the highest concentration of Lebanese population.
The pressure that these refugees are placing on public services remains a critical concern.
Moreover, the security situation continues to be tense in most of the areas of the country where there is a large Syrian refugee presence.
As part of its response to the SyriaCrisis in Lebanon, UNESCO has enhanced the capacity of Ministry of Education and partners through provision of training in quality Education in Emergencies, but also in supporting the Joint Education Needs Assessment for education and targeted mapping exercises for the EWG.
In this respect, the Organization has been involved in Data collection and analysis, training over 200 trainers, school directors, and partners.
These training sessions came as a follow up to previous Inter agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) trainings of trainers and INEE minimum standards contextualization in Lebanon.
UNESCO has also developed accelerated learning modules to assist out of school children to catch up as well as provided training to NGOs.
UNESCO has been also promoting freedom of expression and enabling access to information for Syrian refugees, mainly youth and women. In Lebanon UNESCO provides youth both with access to information and platform for free expression through the creation of school libraries, computer labs, and youth multimedia centers.
UNESCO is also working on peace education activities for Syrian and Lebanese youth with national partners by promoting the Culture of Living Together among Youth through workshops and trainings on radio editing, broadcasting, and humanitarian reporting in Jordan and Lebanon.