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Schooling and Education in Lebanon

Syrian and Syrian Palestinian Refugees Inside and Outside the Camps

Nina Maadad and Grant Rodwell

This book provides insights into the education and schooling of Syrian and Palestinian Syrian children inside and outside Lebanese refugee camps. It describes what is happening to these children and young refugees in terms of their schooling. Investigating the perspectives of children, their parents, teachers, community leaders, and state politicians and bureaucrats on the schooling provisions and educational opportunities for refugee children in Lebanon, this book reveals the condition of social disadvantage that Syrian and Syrian Palestinian refugee children and their families are experiencing in Lebanon. Maadad and Rodwell propose the idea of the pedagogy of the displaced that recognises socio-economic disadvantage and refocuses the nature of the learner and their learning and the philosophy of teaching. A collaborative action of society – the refugee families, the schools, the communities, the host state, the international aid agencies and the rest of the world – in addressing the barriers to education and schooling of the refugee children must break ground and be sustained.

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Chapter Two: Refugees in Lebanon: The Context

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CHAPTER TWO

Refugees in Lebanon: The Context



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Introduction

The plight of Syrian refugees is shared by many countries. This chapter focuses on the Lebanese context, the problems, and the scope of the study in relation to these issues. Everybody suffers. A literature review reveals how the sustained political and socio-economic crises have the potential to rob generations of young people of their education and therefore career prospects. The grim reality of violent and ongoing conflicts has been very evident in Lebanon for more than two decades, a country in which refugee camps have attracted the attention of humanitarian services to provide education strategies that serve as part of broader development and relief schemes.

The lives of refugees have been the focus of considerable public concern in recent years and their situation has profound implications for economic development and social policy. The current and spiralling out-of-control civil war in Syria is leading to more pressures on Lebanon’s refugee camps; it emerges that here there is a particular schooling context prevailing in them. In fact, one recent report documented that nearly a million Syrian refugees living in temporary conditions in Lebanon are approaching catastrophe and in desperate need of additional aid. The nature of the support being provided in the form of housing, schools, teachers, and actual education system change is discussed here, as well as the implications for the provision of education to...

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