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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 Eight: The State and Policy Support


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The State and Policy Support


Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Lebanon has been home to 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugees, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, 2014b). This influx of Syrians has put great pressure on the local Lebanese community in terms of the efforts to provide food, health services, education and employment. The overwhelmingly high number of refugees is exacerbating the political and economic pressures that Lebanon is still experiencing due to its own civil war (International Labour Organization, 2014).

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