UNICEF: Enrollment in Public Schools

To support both the refugees and their host communities, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), with the backing of UNICEF, had waived all public school registration fees for the 2015/2016 school year. In addition, UNICEF provided “school-in-a-box” (SIB) kits to be distributed to children in public schools across the Lebanese regions. To assess the enrolment procedure and quality of tuition at public schools, as well as the distribution of UNICEF SIB kits, InfoPro held seven focus groups with Lebanese and Syrian participants residing in West Bekaa, Akkar, Tripoli, Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Nabatieh, and Saida. They targeted Lebanese or non-Lebanese caregivers of children between three and 17 years of age who are enrolled in public schools. The survey assessed the enrolment procedure and quality of education at public schools. The survey highlighted differences in the treatment of Lebanese and Syrian children, as well as differences between the first and second teaching shifts. The focus groups dealt with the timing and effectiveness of the distribution of SIB kits, and the usefulness of the distributed items. Discussions also touched on awareness sessions, feedback mechanisms and vulnerable groups.

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