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On the eve of Universal Children's Day, the European Union and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education announced a new massive package of support for the education sector in Lebanon. The European Union provides an additional 100 million Euro for quality education of all children in Lebanon.
The announcement took place today at the Jabber El Ahmed Al Subah School, Ras Beirut, in the presence of EU Ambassador Christina Lassen and Caretaker Minister of Education and Higher Education Marwan Hamadeh.
This new financial package of 100 million Euro from the EU Regional Trust Fund comes in addition to the 228 million Euro that the European Union has already allocated to education in Lebanon since 2012 and in addition to the important contributions from EU Member States. It includes:
"This is the biggest package to Education the European Union has provided to the education sector in Lebanon so far. Together, the European Union and Ministry of Education and Higher Education will continue working to strengthen the capacities of the public education system, in order to deliver inclusive and quality education for all children in Lebanon", said EU Ambassador Christina Lassen.
Addressing the international celebration of Universal Children's Day, Ambassador Lassen added: "Education of children and youth is a fundamental human right. Education is crucial to development and to build peaceful societies. The European Union and Ministry of Education and Higher Education share this same vision and have been working together to protect and promote the right of education for all girls and boys living in Lebanon".
For his part, Caretaker Minister Marwan Hamadeh stressed that "education does not wait". He added that the Ministry "is committed to developing the education sector, despite the challenges it is facing. Lebanon needs to keep its regional and international standing, and we are able to prepare young generations in facing future challenges and occupying a leading positing in the labour market".