United States Supports Two-Year Educational Research in Lebanon

On November 8, 2016, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson attended the launching event of the Research for Results (R4R) project at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, in the presence of Director General of Education and Higher Education Fadi Yarak, Head of the Department for International Development (DfID) Lebanon Amanda McLoughlin, and World Bank Program Leader Haneen Sayed. USAID contributed $917,000 to this two-year research project to be implemented by the World Bank, in partnership with UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

In her remarks, USAID Mission Director Anne Patterson emphasized the importance of R4R research project for the future of education in Lebanon. “By building a significant body of research, we will be able to help educators to continue learning, improving, and innovating.  Teachers will be able to better stay abreast of new teaching methodologies, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more.”

R4R aims to generate new evidence on student and teacher performance across different types of schools to create policy recommendations that strengthen the efficiency and quality of education services by public, private and non-governmental education providers. The activity focuses on four research areas: factors that support enrollment of Lebanese secondary students; conditions among vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian students that cause them to drop out; how to engage the refugee community in their children’s education; and developing better methods to measure learning. The research directly supports the Ministry of Education’s Reaching All Children with Education (RACE) strategy.

This research activity is only one part of USAID’s broad education program in Lebanon. Since 2006, USAID has invested more than 288 million dollars to train public school teachers, improve access to education for vulnerable students, improve learning environments and provide merit-based university scholarships to disadvantaged public school students.