Qatar to help rebuild schools hit by Beirut explosion

Qatar to help rebuild schools hit by Beirut explosion

Qatar has signed an MOU with UNESCO and the Lebanon government to help rebuild educational institutions damaged by the Beirut explosion.

The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations body UNESCO, and the Lebanese Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Education Above All Foundation (EAA).

The MOU has been created with the aim of providing some much-needed support to the rebuilding project of the schools which were damaged by the recent Beirut explosion.

It is the hope that this support will help ensure that the educational process is able to continue as seamlessly as possible.

EAA and UNESCO want to help Lebanon ‘overcome this challenging period’

The explosion damaged over 200 private and public schools, three universities and 20 technical and vocational education and training centres, which affected the studies of over 85,000 students, and around 7,600 teachers.

Mr Fahad Al-Sulaiti, CEO of Education Above All, said:

“This partnership will help provide children and young people in Lebanon with access to safe, quality education to ensure that they have the opportunity to succeed in life.

“The partnership between Education Above All Foundation and UNESCO will help the people of Lebanon to overcome this challenging period and ensure that the heavily damaged education sector is rebuilt and rehabilitated following the recent unfortunate event.”

Qatar Fund will seek to help educational institutions damaged by the Beirut disaster

The QFFD declared its intention to help those impacted by the Beirut Port explosion, which occurred on August 4 earlier this year.

Mr Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of QFFD, stated that the memorandum will provide a significant aid to the re-building project that is currently underway in Beirut.

“This Memorandum is signed as a part of the undertaking of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, to contribute to the reconstruction process of Beirut. That undertaking was given during the Paris Conference of Donors, held under the auspices of the UN with the participation of different world leaders and presidents. This Conference was held in an effort to raise funds in favor of the Lebanese people following the Beirut Port explosion.

“Since the beginning of the crisis, the State of Qatar has taken actions through building field hospitals and sending air bridges on an urgent basis to secure the necessary assistance for Lebanese brothers & sisters. This MOU constitutes a complementary element of Qatar’s humanitarian duty. It is also the product of brotherhood bonds, in terms of solidarity and fulfilment of its duty and commitment represented in providing this country with the necessary support in various stances.”

Josephine Walbank - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

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