“The crisis is depriving adolescents and youth of the stability that is so important at their age. It is robbing them of their education, their dreams, their future. They urgently need support that addresses not only education and l`ivelihood challenges, but also their emotional and mental well-being.”
UNICEF’s new assessment shows that 15% of Lebanese youth have stopped their education, while 34% reduced spending on education to buy essential items like basic food and medicine. (Source: UNICEF YFRA 2021)
The multidimensional poverty rate in Lebanon doubled from 42 per cent in 2019 to 82 per cent of the total population in 2021, with nearly 4 million people living in multidimensional poverty. They represent about 1 million households, including 77 per cent, or approximately 745,000, of Lebanese-national households (ESCWA).
The economic crisis is forcing families to adapt their livelihood-related coping strategies. This includes: for 50 per cent among them reducing household expenditure on education (WFP 2021), for 15 per cent among them un-enrolling children from the schools (UNICEF) and for 9 per cent among them sending children to work (UNICEF).
Why Education? because Lebanon cannot afford to lose a generation.
Today more than ever, it needs an educated youth to tackle the problems the country is facing and build a better future for the next generations.