U.S. Government Provides $30 Million to Increase Access to Education in Lebanon

Ambassador Elizabeth Richard announced a USAID contribution of $30 million to the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in Lebanon.  During a press conference today at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), she explained that this funding will support programs that provide education for vulnerable school-aged children.  It will be part of the U.S. Government’s ongoing commitment to providing assistance to ensure that all school-aged children in Lebanon, including those affected by the Syria crisis, have access to public education.

Through the Access Pillar of UNICEF’s Education Program, this assistance will contribute to the MEHE’s Reaching All Children with Education (RACE) strategy.  USAID will manage this contribution that will ensure that at least 100,000 Lebanese and Syrian refugee children attend public schools country-wide during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

Today’s announcement is part of the U.S. Government’s investment of over $280 million in Lebanon’s education sector since 2010.  Initiatives have included improving the quality of education in the public school system, training teachers and principals, equipping public schools with science laboratories and computers, and providing merit-based scholarships to disadvantaged public school students to access top American-accredited universities.

This assistance is part of a larger commitment from many international donors who are joining efforts and contributing funds in response to the needs of vulnerable communities, especially those affected by the Syria crisis.