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Lebanon faces education "emergency": UN

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) and UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini (2nd-R) listen to Maysoun Chehab (C), UNESCO's national education officer for Lebanon
— Beirut (AFP)

Lebanon is grappling with an education "emergency," a United Nations official said, as years of economic collapse weigh heavily on students and teachers.

"We are now in an emergency situation. Education in Lebanon is in crisis because the country is living in crisis," Maysoun Chehab of the UN education and culture body (UNESCO) told AFP.

She spoke on the sidelines of an event Monday celebrating the completion of a $35-million UNESCO project to rehabilitate 280 education centres damaged by a 2020 blast.

The explosion caused by haphazardly stored fertiliser at Beirut port killed more than 200 people, destroyed swathes of the capital and disrupted the education of at least 85,000 youths.

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