Rebuilding heritage, culture and education #ForBeirut


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Following the devastating twin explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, on 4 August 2020, UNESCO is mobilizing leading organizations and experts from Lebanon and abroad in an effort to coordinate emergency and longer-term measures to safeguard the city’s severely damaged education system and cultural heritage. The explosions claimed hundreds of lives and left thousands injured also inflicting severe damages to some of Beirut’s most historic neighbourhoods, major museums, galleries and religious sites at a time when Lebanon was already reeling from other crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.UNESCO extends its deepest condolences to the families of the impacted and renews its strong support to the city of Beirut.

image Join the online debate with Lebanese artists

UNESCO will host three virtual ResiliArt debates in the framework of its action #ForBeirut to mobilize support for the recovery of the Lebanese capital, which was devastated by two explosions at its port on 4 August. 

  • On 10 September 2020, from 7 pm to 8.30 pm (CET). OnResiliArt Lebanon: Defending cultural diversity through creativityFOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.
  • On 17 September 2020, ResiliArt Lebanon: Museums and Art Galleries for the Return of Cultural Life in Beirut FOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.

  • On 24 September 2020, ResiliArt Lebanon: Bridging the Past and Future through Built Heritage FOLLOW THE DEBATE HERE.

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8,000

Buildings damaged

640

Historic buildings damaged

160

Schools damaged or destroyed

500

million USD needed for heritage and creative economy

UNESCO will ensure that education and culture are a central part of reconstruction efforts

Beirut, UNESCO Creative City for Literature

Following the explosions that halted the lives of hundreds of inhabitants and caused severe damages to the historic neighborhoods and cultural institutions in Beirut, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, the 246 UNESCO Creative Cities around the world have conveyed solidarity messages, launched fundraising campaigns, donated food and medicines, as well as organized educational and cultural activities highlighting Beirut’s vibrant cultural heritage and scene.

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Li Beirut Fund to Help Revive the City's landscape and Cultural Life (video)

$22 millions needed for education, 85 000 students affected, more than 160 schools damaged

Immediate rehabilitation of 40 schools

Students in Beirut will not go back to school in September due to the explosion, which comes in addition to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.UNESCO supports distance learning and teachers for children to overcome this crisis through safe learning environments and psycho-social support. We must take urgent action to ensure that youth in Lebanon gets equal access to quality education. It is their right.

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Follow the progress made to rehabilitate schools impacted by the blast

Every two weeks, UNESCO and the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education will publish a Fact Sheet on the progress of our efforts to rehabilitate schools impacted by the blast in Beirut. Stay connected and follow the progress.

UNESCO Director-General visits damaged schools and cultural sites after blasts

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