Bou Saab briefs London conference co host donors on new plan for education of displaced Syrians
In the framework of following up on the London Donor Conference held last February, National Education and Higher Education Minister, Elias Bou Saab, on Wednesday presided over a wide meeting at the Movenpick Hotel in Beirut for the international organizations, donors and partners in the field of education in Lebanon, to update them on the already accomplished progress in strategy for “Reaching all Children with Education” (RACE) and discuss future plans.
Attending such meeting has been a number of foreign ambassadors and United Nations agencies, including: UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, and the Office of the Resident Coordinator of United Nations activities in Lebanon and United Nations Development Programme.
Also partaking were the donor co hosts: Germany, the Office of the Immigration, Population and Refugees’ Affairs at the State Department, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Canada, Norway, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Kuwait, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and the Republic of Korea.
The meeting aimed at shedding light on the enrollment ratio in systematic and non-systematic education, in addition to the already accomplished progress at the level of reaching all children with education strategy (RACE).
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bou Saab said that the meeting aims at assessing the already accomplished stages and cooperate in addressing the crisis of the displaced people through securing education for the displaced Syrians while preserving our educational sector and schools.
Bou Saab also asserted that “through understanding with the international community, we affirmed that the displaced Syrians in Lebanon are solely ‘displaced’ rather than ‘refugees’ who will return to their countries as soon as their safe return would be secured.”
The Minister underlined that the received donor aids in this context are utterly unconditional in any part with respect to the resettlement of displaced people.
Source: National News Agencyhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/bou-saab-briefs-london-conference-co-host-donors-on-new-plan-for-education-of-displaced-syrians-2/General