World Bank Urges Educational Reforms In Lebanon To Benefit Children

BEIRUT, The World Bank released yesterday, a report calling on the Lebanese authorities to quickly reform the education sector, and increase investment for better children’s education.


Dubbed Foundations for Building Forward Better: An Education Reform Path for Lebanon, the report said, “change can be brought only through a comprehensive reform agenda, that rests on political will and stakeholder commitment.”


Lebanon’s years of crises, ongoing political and social unrest, and recent events, have led to a largely inefficient education sector, that provides low levels of learning and skills, according to the report.


The report cited a survey conducted among 231 finance ministry officials, central bank officials, and other economists from 53 countries, including all G20 members, on their perspectives, on COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages.


Education is among the best fiscal stimulus expenditures, the report quoted the survey as saying.


“Not focusing on, and investing in, education means missing an opportunity for economic growth and shared prosperity. Such a loss risks the future of generations of children,” it said.


An official of Lebanon’s education ministry reportedly revealed that, around 1,800 teachers recently quit their jobs, and immigrated to other countries, given the sharp drop in the salaries’ value, amid the collapse of the local currency.



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