The NGO’s estimates reveal that over 85,000 pupils were registered at the damaged schools, the most severely-damaged of which will take up to a year to be repaired.
However, as the statement pointed out, the explosion is not the only obstacle standing in the way of children receiving their education this year.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a serious negative impact on the flow of education in the country and even caused the start of the 2020-2021 school year to be delayed until mid-October when it should’ve been active by now.
In addition, the economic crisis has presented a major challenge for numerous families who are now struggling to cope with the soaring costs of stationery and transportation, aside from the fees, while struggling with inflation and unemployment.
A more dire side of the crisis sees many children sent to work by their parents in a desperate attempt to secure enough income to sustain their family as the prices of basic commodities and food items rise with the fall of the Lebanese pound.
“Overall, we are expecting to see far fewer children enrolled in schools this September and a high drop-out rate as the year progresses,” said the IRC’s acting Lebanon director, Mohammad Nasser.
The collapse of the country is as real politically as it is economically.
The vacuum that followed the resignation of Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib preceded a notable drop in the value of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar in the black market, making people’s lives more insufferable.
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