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Education Situation for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan



Half of the Syrians in Lebanon are under the age of 18.

When they first began arriving, they had little access to education beyond informal and emergency schools set up by IGOs and other organisations.

H.E. Irving Levance met with Lebanon’s impressive Minister of Education and Higher Education, Professor Hassan B. Diab, who is the embodiment of successful outcome of an internationally diverse education. 

H.E. Irving Levance of EDU with Prof. Hassan Diab, the former Education Minister of Lebanon, who during his tenure, was instrumental in the unprecedented policy of enrolling Refugee Children into the Lebanese Public School System.

In previous meetings, H.E. Irving Levance had met with Officials, Ministers and Ambassadors representing Lebanon and Jordan to discuss quality of education, accreditation and also refugee access to education in the two countries.

One problem, brought to light by the Secretary-General in those meetings,  stemmed from refugees lacking formal recognition and as such not being given access to earn proper qualifications and then go on to further education.

In 2014, the Lebanese government took the unprecedented step of introducing classes at public schools for refugee children. They could attend without having to provide proof of legal residency or pay school enrolment fees. The new system offered hope to thousands of refugee families, and the chance for children to get a formally recognised education.

There are now around 195,000 non-Lebanese children – nearly all Syrian – enrolled in Lebanese public schools, narrowly outnumbering the Lebanese children.




The Jordan Response Plan for the Syria Crisis 2016–2018 represents a three-year programme of high priority interventions to enable the Kingdom of Jordan to respond to the effects of the Syria crisis without jeopardizing its development trajectory.

Jordan currently hosts 2.7 million refugees, including 657,000 registered Syrian refugees (335,070 children), 62,445 Iraqi refugees (33 per cent children), and over 2.1 million long staying registered Palestinian refugees. While 80 per cent of the Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Jordan live in host communities, a total of 79,736 refugees live in Za’atari camp, 53,917 are officially registered in Azraq camp, 332 live in King Abdullah Park and 7,449 live in Emirati-Jordanian Camp. In addition to these registered refugee populations in Jordan, a population of approximately 55,000 Syrians remain at Jordan’s northeast desert border area with Syria who require humanitarian assistance.


Dr. Mazen Al-Tal assured the Secretary-General that it is Jordanian policy to use education to open horizons and opportunity


Ambassador Ghassan Majali of Jordan with H.E. Irving Levance