The official handover ceremony of 35 schools rehabilitated under the Qudra Programme was held at the Al Barouk Primary Mixed School premises in Chouf, Mount Lebanon.
In a press release by the Programme, it said: "The event took place under the patronage of Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education Akram Chehayeb and in the presence of German Ambassador to Lebanon Dr Georg Birgelen, Head of Lebanon programmes at the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Lebanon Dr Christiane Gaehtgens, the Mayour of Barouk-Freidiss Mr Elie Nakhleh and representatives from the European Delegation to Lebanon.
During the event, the Qudra Programme presented the two pillars under the education infrastructure component covering rehabilitation of school buildings and implementation of extracurricular activities. Through arts and sports stations, the students presented activities where they worked with international and local artists, teachers and social workers on creating public murals and using sports to enhance integration and participation among children from various communities.
The school is one of 35 schools rehabilitated by Qudra Programme all over Lebanon reaching 25.000 students. Qudra Programme's "Education Infrastructure" Module in Lebanon promotes non-discriminatory access to quality education and enhance conditions at schools for Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees. The programme focused on gender equality in both selecting the schools, design and implementation of the activities. Therefore, over 50% of beneficiaries of the programme were girls.
The Qudra Programme is a regional action financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the 'Madad' Fund, and the German Government seeking to strengthen resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises. The programme is jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF), the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA)."
Source: National News Agency