Lebanon has long been a hub for commerce and political concern from various interests. A diverse mix of communities and governance issues have aroused the concern of neighbouring states at different times. Lebanon has housed waves of Palestinian refugees and more recently Syrians fleeing conflict, placing a significant strain on the country’s resources.

source(s): UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

Main Barriers to Education

  • Refugee status
  • Conflict affected
  • Weak school administraiton

Interventions to Barriers

  • Data maintenance nad analysis
  • School management and teacher training
  • Psychosocial support

The crisis in Syria has dramatically impacted neighbouring countries, especially Lebanon. With an uncertain end to the conflict, Palestinian refugees and Syrians experience profound hardship, unemployment, poverty and insecurity. Effectively, the situation in Syria has had an adverse impact on the education prospects of many Syrian, Palestinian and poor Lebanese children. Alone, Lebanon has to date registered approximately 800,000 Syrian refugees – 300,000 of whom are children. 80 percent of those children are out of school.

At present, UNRWA estimates that Lebanon hosts approximately 44,000 Palestinians from Syria who are also in desperate need of assistance. Moreover, Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education remains under resourced and struggles to serve the expanded caseloads of vulnerable Syrian refugees in public schools. The influx of displaced children from Syria has nearly doubled the number of education spaces necessary in Lebanon. 

To help address the plight of Palestinian and Syrian children in Lebanon who have been affected by the conflict in Syria, EAC has partnered with UNRWA and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to increase education access to OOSC; provide a psychosocial and survival skills support system; deliver learning content adapted to the aggravated setting; improve the quality of teaching; ensure safe learning environments; construct/rehabilitate learning spaces; and train school management staff.


Geographic Location: Middle East

Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian


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Education for Palestinian Refugee Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict

Successfully Completed Project

Together, EAC and UNRWA, through the Education for Palestinian Children out of Syrian School because of Conflict project brought quality primary education to 66,969 out of school Palestinian Refugee Children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria .
Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

Equitable Access to Education for Out of School Children Affected by the Crisis in Syria

Successfully Completed Project

The crisis in Syria is now in its fifth year and every day the risk of a lost generation of children grows. Nearly 14 million children have been affected by escalating conflict. Half of all Syrians are displaced and close to 2 million children have fled for neighboring countries and are living in overcrowded camps, inadequate informal settlements, or host communities, where tensions are rising between refugee and local populations.
Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of Education Institutions Affected by the Beirut Port Explosion

Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of Education Institutions Affected by the Beirut Port Explosion

In the aftermath of the explosion at the Beirut Port in Lebanon in August 2020, EAC and UNESCO have come together to help rebuild and rehabilitate the city’s damaged education infrastructure.



In partnership, EAC and UNICEF USA are providing quality primary education to 95,000 displaced children in Syria through offices in Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep.


EAC and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East partnered to provide quality basic education to Palestinian children in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.