6 Achieve universal primary education

Where we are?


Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling
Lebanon has witnessed commendable progress in the education system since the end of the war in 1991. The gross enrolment rate in pre-school education (ages 3-5 years) increased from 67.0% in 1999 to 74.0% in 2004. Primary education is almost universal: the net enrolment rate recorded an increase from 91.5% in 2001-2002 to 97.1% in 2005-2006. This last rate corresponds to 95% and 99.2% respectively for boys and girls in the same year. The survival rate (number of pupils reaching the terminal grade of primary education) stood at 96.3% in 2003, compared to 95.3% in 2000.

Nearly 86% pupils completing primary education are enrolled at the second level education in 2003; boys and girls accounting for 83% and 89% respectively. Of the total enrolment at this level of education, private education institutions shared 50% in terms of students' share and 37% in terms of number of schools, and girls' share in total enrolment accounted for 50% in 2003. The gross enrolment ratios for the lower and upper secondary levels of education were reported as 100% and 77%, respectively with a gender parity favoring the girls (GPI = 1.09) for both levels of education.

UNDP's work in Lebanon

  • undp lebanon - heaters are provided for public school in marjeyoun south lebanon

    Marjeyoun: Equipping a public school
    Marjeyoun: Equipping a public school

    Most of Lebanon's students in public schools attend unequipped and inappropriate classrooms. In Jdaidet Marjeyoun, the students at the Intermediate Public School have no heaters in classes, their science laboratory lacks key apparatus and their music and art sessions lack recreational material. The session gathered 80 students majoring in Political Sciences and International affairs, from different universitiesmore

1.17 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG2
  1. Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling
    • Net enrolment ratio in primary education
    • Proportion of pupils starting grade 1 who reach last grade of primary
    • Literacy rate of 15-24 year-olds, women and men