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Response to Covid-19

 UNESCO supports Member States in tackling the pandemic in all its action for education, sciences, culture and knowledge sharing

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Mask Art - Creativity under Lockdown

Virtual exhibition of paintings with MEADOWS

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Resources for Parents and Teachers: Motivating & supporting children during remote learning

Here are some tips for teachers and parents to support children during remote learning

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International Museums Day - COVID-19 Awareness Campaign

 This creative video shows archaeological pieces from the National Museum of Beirut, where Hygeia, Goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene in ancient timesoffers  health instructions to counter the COVID 19 pandemic

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National learning platforms and tools

 Online learning tools, by region

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About the office

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. 

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Data and Research on the Middle East Region
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.

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). 

Pathways to empowerment: recognizing the competences of Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

Since the start of the Syria crisis in 2011, millions of Syrian children and young people have sought refuge in neighbouring Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Around 50 per cent do not attend school. Host governments and other stakeholders face a significant challenge in creating systems that recognise both the non-formal learning of Syrian refugees and the learning, qualifications and life experience they acquired in their home country. This joint publication by UNESCO Beirut and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong learning publication stresses the importance of viewing recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) systems for Syrian refugees as part of comprehensive national strategies of host governments rather than as fragmented and ad hoc projects. 

Model Course on Safety of Journalists in the Arab States

A Model Course for the Arab States is a significant instalment in UNESCO Series on Journalism Education. Developed in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the publication responds to the difficult situation of many journalists working in the Arab States region. Reflecting the vulnerability of such journalists, UNESCO Director-General's Reports on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity record that this region registers the highest number of journalists’ killings.

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