The Embassy of Italy announced today the funding, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation,of Euros 2.4 million to support the programme for the rehabilitation of public schools in Lebanon implemented by UNICEF.
The program, part of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education RACE II initiative, seeks to improve the physical learning environment of a number of public schools throughout Lebanon, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable communities.
18 schools will receive vital funds from the Italian Government to ensure better learning environments for more than 5.000 children. The grant will also allow UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, to improve standards of hygiene, health and safety in these schools while implementing accessibility standards for children with special needs, where applicable.
"Helping children getting back to learning is a top priority for UNICEF," said Ms. Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF's representative in Lebanon. "While every effort needs to me made to increase the enrolment rate, our Education Program aims at improving the quality of education in the public sector and we are grateful that the Italian government and its people support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in its efforts for quality of education".
Earlier this year, UNICEF had developed a comprehensive plan for schools selection based on ancriteria approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is working very closely with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and UNICEF to apply the principle of equity during school selection to prioritize the most socially and geographically marginalized areas.
"Italy is a long-standing partner of UNICEF and of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education especially through the RACE Program", said Italian Ambassador Mr. Massimo Marotti. "In the last three years, the Italian Government has contributed with Euros 12 million to fund initiatives in Lebanon in support of education".
Since 2013, the Italian Government's funding to UNICEF Lebanon was directly supporting Lebanese schools rehabilitation and the implementation of a vocational training for vulnerable youth, Lebanese and Syrian refugees through investing in physical infrastructure and capacity building to improve children and youth learning.
Source: National News Agency