Kuwait donates US$ half a million to support UNESCO education initiatives for Syrian and Lebanese youth



The State of Kuwait has made an important contribution to UNESCO Education Response to the Syria Crisis in Lebanon. At the solemn handover ceremony held today in the Kuwaiti Embassy in Lebanon, Dr. Hamed Al-Hammami, Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States received the cheque of US$ 500.000 from Mr. Mohamed Al Saoud Al-Waqyan, Deputy Ambassador of the State of Kuwait in Lebanon.

Dr. Al-Hammami praised this "support that has now become typical from Kuwait in the recent years, for education and development in this region", emphasizing UNESCO readiness to cooperate more closely with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Kuwait to achieve the common goals.

This contribution will be invested to scale up UNESCO interventions in the area of secondary education for Syrian refugees and host Lebanese communities. These interventions focus on expanding access for youth to secondary education and alternative learning programmes, facilitating their transition to, and completion of secondary education.

This major step represents another significant initiative from Kuwait to support international organizations, host communities and governments in addressing the Syrian refugees crisis. In June 2015, the State of Kuwait contributed $5 Million Dollars to UNESCO Education Response to the Syria Crisis in the region.