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Why Education

The true wealth of a nation lies not in its gold or silver but in its learning,
wisdom, and in the uprightness of its sons
- Khalil Gibran -

In Lebanon, the burden of education falls on parents’ shoulders, who pay a combined US$1.5 billion annually, with the government paying an additional US$1.2 billion (World Bank 2017).

The reason for that?  Most parents have little choice but to send their children to private schools, as public schools, already at full capacity, lag severely behind in terms of education quality. In 2019,  more than half  (54.2 per cent) of the Lebanese students were enrolled in private educational institutions, according to the Center of Administration and Statistics. 

But unfortunately, this year alone, because of the economic collapse the country is facing,  close to 90,000 students (18 percent of public sector students) transitioned from private to public schools, as parents can no longer afford tuition. 

The contraction in the economy and increase in poverty rates will likely lead to many more parents shifting their children to public schools in the coming years, as well as higher student drop-outs, especially from the most marginalised households. 

Lebanon can’t 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 themselves and the next generations.

Education changes everything

Poverty
Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. (UN)
Gender inequalities
Education helps reduce inequalities and reach gender equality (UN)
Peace building
Education is crucial to fostering tolerance and more peaceful societies (UN)

How do we tackle the
education crisis in Lebanon?

Advance education
Through our tuition aid programme, we subsidise school fees for children from lower-income families throughout Lebanon.
Bolster schools
Through our school sponsorship programme, we allocate aid to schools throughout Lebanon and help them raise needed development funding.
Combat poverty
Families have traditionally been the safety net of Lebanese society . With over 70% of the Lebanese population now living under the poverty line, this support system is buckling.
Develop knowledge
Our mission is also to create knowledge through research and to disseminate the outcome of such research, in the pursuit of our purpose, for the benefit of the wider public.