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At the start of the school year, many schools in Beirut will not be able to open their doors because they were too damaged by the double explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital. As the country faces the worst economic crisis in its history, our Special Envoys visited establishments whose reconstruction has yet to begin.
The start of the school year is fast approaching, but several schools Beirut will not be able to open their doors. Destroyed by the double explosion of the port, they are not a priority in a bankrupt Lebanon.
Unesco is trying to raise emergency funds to finance the education of students deprived of classes and its director, Audrey Azoulay, was on site this Thursday, August 27.
In all, 85,000 pupils concerned
A stone’s throw from the port of Beirut, the public school of Ashrafiyé is one of the most affected. In a classroom, the walls threaten to collapse and the front door has not stood up to the blast from the explosion.
The 90 students of the establishment will have to take the online courses: most of them are not equipped, but director Colette Khoury remains optimistic. “Beirut will be reborn again”, she confides to France 24. For lack of teachers and resources, five classes of this establishment have closed over the past two years.
In all, 85,000 students will probably not be able to return to school in September.
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