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.

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

Beginning with its establishment in 1961 as the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States in Beirut, the Office has been serving the Arab region and the member states of UNESCO, concentrating on training educational personnel within the Arab States in management and planning of Arab educational systems. The Office seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda.

According to UNESCO, the Beirut Port explosion on 4 August 2020 has deleteriously impacted education access for more than 85,000 children and youth in Lebanon. Across the board, schools, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and universities were either damaged or utterly destroyed. Against this backdrop, UNESCO in partnership with EAC, Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education and with support from the Qatar Fund For Development, are leading rehabilitation efforts for educational infrastructure to support recovery.

To help build the education system back from the destruction, the joint EAC-UNESCO “Reconstruction & Rehabilitation of Education Institutions Affected by the Beirut Port Explosion” project joint initiative will repair/reconstruct:

  • 55 public schools;
  • 20 TVET institutions; and
  • 3 universities (American University of Beirut, Saint Joseph University, Lebanese University)

Together, the recovery effort aims to ensure that learning never stops and vulnerable children and youth continue to realise their right to education.


For more information about this EAC Implementing Partner, please visit the UNESCO Lebanon website.

Project finished



EAC partnered with UNESCO to help realise Sustainable Development Goal 4 (ensure inclusive and quality education for all), as well as the former Millennium Development Goal 2 (achieve universal primary education). To that end, the two have joined in partnership to implement education interventions in 11 countries to reach OOSC in Asia and the Middle East.




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.