ٌRegional Bureau for Education in the Arab States

Cluster Office for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories 

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The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Beirut was established in 1961 and has since, a long-standing partnership with Lebanon and the Arab Region, serving 19 Member States. Today, the Bureau assumes the role of Cluster Office for Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories in the Middle East. UNESCO works to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. 

UNESCO Beirut Office Publications

Data and Research on the Middle East Region

Promoting Global Citizenship Education in Arab universities: A regional outlook

Last year, UNESCO commissioned a study and gathered views from about 700 students and academia, to better understand the situation of GCED in Higher Education in the Arab Region.

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COVID-19 learning losses: rebuilding quality learning for all in the Middle East and North Africa

An entire generation of students could lose up to USD1 trillion throughout the course of their lives in MENA due to COVID19. A World Bank-UNESCO-UNICEF report lays out the magnitude of the education crisis.

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Enforcing the right to Education of Refugees


Access to education is a fundamental human right. It is essential to the acquisition of knowledge and to the full development of the human personality. Yet for millions of refugees, education remains an aspiration, not a reality. In 2017, the number of refugees displaced worldwide reached a staggering 25.4 million, with more than half of that number children under the age of 18, including many unaccompanied or separated from their families. At odds with the fundamental and universal status of the right to education, refugee children remain five times more likely to be out of school compared to their non-refugee peers.

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Teaching children with disabilities in inclusive settings

UNESCO works with governments and partners to address exclusion from, and inequality in, education. Among marginalized and vulnerable groups, UNESCO pays special attention to children with disabilities as they are overrepresented in the population of those who are not in education. This report focuses on the situation in the arabic region, provides insights on the situation and ways forward for teachers, policy and decision makers (in arabic). 

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