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MSNA sector chapters - Education

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Summary of Priorities

Based on the data review and inputs from the Sector Working Group we can provide the following preliminary conclusions:

Both the data and perceptions of the SWG raised language and costs as key areas that need further consideration. Transportation as a barrier to education emerged as a clear need, as did a need for education activities over and above formal education, including preparation for enrolment in the Lebanese system and for return to Syria. For PRS and Syrian refugees the issue of curriculum is evident. In general, the SWG highlighted the importance of a supportive environment including: access to adequate shelter, assistance and services for families to protect children and youth from negative coping mechanisms that affect their enrolment, retention rates and attendance in the education system.

Data was mainly collected on Syrian refugees so it was impossible to prioritise target groups. However, limited data does imply that Syrian refugees and Lebanese returnee children have lower enrolment/attendance rates than Lebanese at large. For PRS, in the absence of legal status, those children are unable to progress through the education system to a higher grade.

Access to education differs between geographical areas and depends on the proximity to schools. The SWG stated that it is not possible to prioritise. Instead, certain characteristics are evident for all target groups: proximity of schools, and density of refugee concentration.

The data indicates that there is a significant gap in education service delivery in many areas of Lebanon. Not surprisingly, service gaps are most pronounced where schools are less accessible to Syrian refugee populations, however it is not possible to specify definitive regional priorities. Compounding the issue is the fact that many people are unaware of the systems and services available, which could contribute to lower enrolment rates.

Participants acknowledged a number of data gaps, particularly around youth, that would explain why there is a difference between the results from the MSNA team and the participants‟ view of the sector needs.