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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 Seven: Community Concerns and Responses


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Community Concerns and Responses


What is the nature and extent of community concerns for Syrians’ schooling inside and outside of the Lebanese refugee camps? What does the community do in regard to the schooling and education of children? How does the community find the available support for these children’s education? How does the community respond to challenges in terms of the children’s schooling? Nina visited many locations to investigate and record ← 125 | 126 → her observations of community leaders in the camps and in schools providing for Syrian and Syrian-Palestinian refugees. Her observations are triangulated against secondary sources.

Before visiting the camps, Nina commented she kept reading about the very few temporary/informal tents built for the Syrian refugees to live in, until the situation settles in their country and they were able to return to their homes. It was made clear the Lebanese government refused to build permanent camps and would penalise anyone who does build them. She approached her fieldwork with much trepidation.

Available resources in the camps

Despite the articles that Nina has read about the official rejection of creating permanent camps, she was shocked when she arrived in the Bekaa Valley and saw fields of never-ending tents. They were all situated in little clusters only a few kilometres apart. She saw children running through the streets, eating in the street, and playing soccer in the middle of...

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