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What is the goal about?

Obtaining quality education is a fundamental human right, the foundation for improving people’s lives and is a public good that everyone, everywhere should be able to enjoy, at every stage of their life. Improving access to a quality education and lifelong learning is key to creating peaceful, prosperous, fair, and sustainable futures for all.

How does that relate to the Lebanon context?

There has been great progress in reaching increased enrolment in primary education and increasing already high literacy rates among the youth in Lebanon. Areas of improvement still remain, including reduced repetition and dropout rates and even higher enrolment in education for all children and youth.

Key Statistics

Did you know... ...that in the school year 2015-16, 249,000 Lebanese children were enrolled in public education – 11,000 more than the previous year – while about 50,000 Lebanese children were still out of school? …that in 2014-15 about 100,000 and in 2015-16 155,000 refugee children enrolled in schools and completed their school year, although half of school-aged refugee children were still out of school in 2015-16? …that the percentage of all people in higher education, regardless of age, has declined from 49.7% in 2011 to 42.8% in 2014?

Goals in action

UNDP Sudan

A kindergarten story from Sudan

Aisha Jumma, or Mamma Aish as the young boys and girls in her kindergarten call her, is one of 300 female ex-combatants who received reintegration support package in 2011 as part of UNDP's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan MORE >

UNDP Programme Assistance to the Palestinian People

When economic and education empowerment pave the way for success

Divorced in 2010, Hala Da’lsa, 29, a refugee at Al Bureej Camp in Gaza, was left devastated and alone to provide for herself. She embarked on an uncertain journey to start her own business making long black traditional dresses—Abayas. Her chances of success were not high, but the stakes left no room for failure. MORE >

UNDP in Iraq

Yazidi women find economic independence in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Dost Bakery is a small cake business that opened in Iraqi Kurdistan in the autumn of 2015. Dost means “friend” in Kurdish, as the bakery is run by 10 friends. All of them are women who were displaced by ISIS... MORE >

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