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UN Education Day: joint statement by UNESCO and WFP

 Protracted crises in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have put millions of children out of school, undermining the development potential of countries in the region

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UNESCO schools give hope to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Understanding education in emergencies and re-integrating children into education

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Are Arab countries on track for UN education goals?

 Education for the common good

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Providing education opportunities for Syria’s youngest refugees

Quality early childhood education is a force for reconstruction, peace building and giving a sense of hope to young refugee children and their families.

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Revive the Spirit of Mosul

Flagship initiative for the recovery of Iraq’s iconic city

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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. 

UNESCO Beirut is a member of the United Nations Country team (UNCT) in Lebanon and Syria and contributes to the overall efforts of the UN system in these countries in continuously developing programmes and operations in collaboration with the respective Governments and partners, while taking into account the uniqueness of the crisis situation in these countries.

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UNESCO Beirut Office Publications
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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