Qatar will support collapse of education sector in Lebanon: reports – Doha News

As Lebanon’s economic decline continues, UNICEF estimates that up to 13% of families are asking their children to work.

Qatar has reportedly promised Lebanon to help support its collapsing education sector amid ongoing economic problems, Lebanese media reported Saturday.

This information follows a visit by the Lebanese Minister of Education, Abbas Halabi. Last week in Doha, where he met his Qatari counterpart Buthaina Al Nuaimi.

“We hope that this friendly country will not skimp on us, and it has promised us support in order to continue the academic and university year…and we are awaiting a response to our request and we are waiting with great hope to achieve this goal,” Halabi said, as quoted by Lebanese LBC.

Halabi noted that he also had discussions with the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD)where Lebanese officials reportedly presented a budget including financial incentives for university professors, teachers and administrative staff.

The Lebanese Minister of Education also expressed concern about the future of the Lebanese University (UL). Halabi stressed the need for the Ministry of Finance to pay their salaries to all education employees as staff protest the current dire situation, with demands for compensation to cover transport costs.

“The suffocating crisis that our schools are currently going through threatens to collapse the education sector if it is not addressed by securing the elements of resilience for teachers and teachers,” Halabi said.

Addressing the Qatar News Agency (QNA) While in Doha, Halabi praised the Gulf state’s relief efforts in Beirut, especially after the 2020 explosion. Qatar agreed to fund the restoration of 122 educational institutions in the country.

Education sector in crisis

The education sector in Lebanon is one of many institutions affected by the deterioration of the country’s economic situation, which has been exacerbated by the explosion in Beirut and the Covid-19 epidemic.

Public schools are particularly affected by the crisis, with up to 55,000 students transferred to public schools in 2020-2021, according to figures published by the Lebanese Center for Political Studies (LCPS).

While private schools cover 70% of the education sector, the economic situation has forced more parents to send their children to public schools, according to a report by Al Monitor.

Citing UNICEF, LCPS said three out of 10 young people in Lebanon have dropped out of school, while four out of 10 have cut back on education-related spending to save money for essentials.

As Lebanon’s economic decline continues, UNICEF estimates that up to 13% of families are asking their children to work.

The head of the private school teachers’ union, Radolphe Abboud, told Al-Monitor that 10 to 40 teachers left their posts in each school.

Meanwhile, Halabi told the outlet that increasing teachers’ salaries and being paid in Lebanese currency would require the same action for other government employees.

The Lebanese crisis

Lebanon is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis which has worsened since 2019, with the currency losing 90% of its value against the US dollar.

The Lebanese population does not have access to their savings with local banks because families are struggling to make ends meet.

The issue was in the global spotlight again on Thursday when a gunman held bank staff hostage until he released his $210,000 in deposits to treat his ailing father.

The man had previously gone to the bank to get some of his savings for his father’s operation, but was not allowed to do so. The Bank of Beirut then offered him $30,000 of his deposits despite his father’s operation requiring $50,000.

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