More than 100 schools were damaged by the explosion in Beirut, and about 55000 students may not be able to go to school

The United Nations Educational, scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on August 4 that the explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, caused extensive damage and casualties. About 70 public and 50 private schools in Beirut and its surrounding areas were partially or completely damaged by the explosion, which seriously affected the education sector. According to UNESCO, the disruption threatens to disrupt the new school year and deprive some 55000 students from Lebanon and non Lebanon of their right to education. < / P > < p > after the explosion, Hamid khami, head of education for UNESCO Arab Beirut, met with senior officials of the Ministry of education in Lebanon to discuss the needs of the education sector and UNESCO’s response. < / P > < p > at the request of the Ministry of education of Lebanon, UNESCO will repair damaged schools in Beirut and other affected areas, and coordinate with local education sector partners to carry out this work, so as to avoid duplication of effort and ensure a harmonious intervention. Rehabilitation of schools is one of the basic conditions to ensure students’ access to primary and secondary education, and it also contributes to achieving sdg4, that is, in emergency and crisis situations, the provision of education services may be disrupted, but students can still receive inclusive and fair quality education. < / P > < p > in addition to repairing schools, in view of the 2019 coronavirus pandemic and the new crisis caused by the Beirut explosion, some schools may choose distance education. To this end, UNESCO will provide technical and financial support to the Ministry of education to develop distance learning solutions and ensure that all students are equipped with technical equipment related to distance education. The UNESCO support will be divided into two parts: one is to provide students with electronic devices and learning kits to ensure that all students have access to distance education; the other is to provide technical support for education planners, curriculum developers and teachers to develop high-quality distance education programs to ensure the quality of distance education. < / P > < p > UNESCO launched the “Global Education Alliance” framework during the new crown pandemic to provide inclusive learning opportunities for children and young people at a time of sudden and unprecedented disruption of education services, and to establish methods for the development of more open and flexible education systems in the future. Support for the rehabilitation of schools in Lebanon is also part of this framework. “UNESCO director general azulet is closely following the changes in the situation in Lebanon, especially the impact of the recent bombings on the education sector,” said Khatami. UNESCO reiterated its commitment to support the authorities of Lebanon in overcoming the effects of the Beirut bombings. We stand ready to use all our capabilities to ensure that learning never stops and that all students have the right to education. ” Constellation

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