Bou Saab from Doha: Syrian displaced crisis weighs on all aspects of life in Lebanon

November 06, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) The World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE is being held in Doha with a closed-door session for Ministers only, including over 14 Education Ministers from around the world, among them Lebanon’s Minister Elias Bou Saab, with talks touching on the labor force and its impact on stability in every country, based on education and its development in accordance with the market need.

Minister Bou Saab said the meeting delved into the issue of employment and the future of generations, through the possibilities offered by the education and training systems.

“It is important to focus on the circumstances that work against us and prevent us from achieving our goals,” he said, explaining Lebanon’s tough situation as a result of pressure caused by the crisis of displaced persons on all aspects of life, the economy of the country and its education sector in particular.

He explained the efforts exerted by Lebanon after the major tremor caused by displacement, pointing to the pressure of having nearly 250 thousand Lebanese pupils in public schools while there are on Lebanese territory more than 400 thousand displaced people in the age of education.

The Minister pointed out that the international community and the United Nations organizations have contributed to supporting the registration of about 160 thousand displaced people for the current academic year, highlighting the children labor suffering and its increasing ratios.

“The war in Syria is consuming billions of dollars for the continuation of destruction and displacement. Is the world that incapable of providing some millions of dollars to educate the people who were displaced by this war?” he wondered.