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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 Four: Children’s Experiences


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Children’s Experiences

Nina visited schools in villages, in camps; she visited formal public schools and non-formal school, and two private schools, where she managed to obtain responses to questions about schooling experiences. She started her visits in the north, specifically the Bekaa Valley and travelled through the middle of the country towards Beirut initially, and then to the south-west. The availability of education to children varies largely from one area to another and from one school to the next. ← 71 | 72 →

Child brides: “one less mouth to feed”

Emma Batha (2013) from Reuters reported a horrific outcome of this unfolding tragedy: “the desperate plight of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war is forcing some parents to marry off their daughters as child brides, aid workers warn” (Batha, 2013, n.p.). Bath went on to report that according to Refugees International, “in some cases, landlords in Jordan were exploiting the situation by offering to waive a family’s rent in exchange for marrying their daughter” (Batha, 2013, n.p.). According to Batha (2013) the young girls and their families were being exploited. She further pointed out:

There are also reports of men from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries looking for young Syrian brides among refugee communities. Aid workers believe some of the marriages are temporary, so-called pleasure marriages – short-term arrangements for money (Batha, 2013, n.p.).

Batha (2013, n.p.) also noted “a report by...

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