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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 Five: Parents’ Concerns Regarding Schooling


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Parents’ Concerns Regarding Schooling

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How does the international media portray what life is like for parents in the refugee camps, and the concerns they have for their children’s schooling? The discussion on this issue is described by Nina with a specific emphasis on her observations regarding parental concerns of children’s provisions for schooling.

The main question that this chapter seeks to answer is: What are the parents’ concerns regarding the schooling of their children in the refugee camps and elsewhere? Here we will respond to relevant sub-questions such as:

Nina’s initial observations

Nina felt she was very fortunate and privileged to be invited to a few homes of the refugees while conducting the interviews. She visited a number of places and viewed different ways of living and various means to make do and use what is available and most importantly what is affordable to accommodate for a family’s lifestyle. The camps varied in how they were established: some were big tents made of thick fabric; others were made of tarpaulin; some of cardboard and a few were even made of billboard posters of Hollywood film stars.

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