"We believe that education is essential for economic and social development."
Many Lebanese children do not attend schools for economic reasons, whether because they have to work to support their families or because their families cannot afford school-related expenses.
The deteriorating economic conditions in Lebanon since the civil war have negatively affected gross school enrollment rates dramatically.
According to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources, the gross school enrollment rate in Lebanon stands at (60%) lower than that of countries in the region such as Qatar (86%) and Jordan (65%).
Although only limited data is available, it is estimated that 25% of the Lebanese population lives on less than four US dollars a day.
Moreover, the disparity between the rich and the poor is great and is worsening. Many communities throughout the country are marginalized, living in poverty, under-served by public services such as water and electricity, and essentially ignored by the government.
MFA’s Action Plan
Makassed now runs over 28 schools, a University with two faculties, a university hospital and four clinics that cater annually to over 100,000 individuals across Lebanese cities and villages, without any discrimination based on gender, national origin or religion.
The most vulnerable areas include the extremely poor North, Bekaa, South and the twelve formal Palestinian and the many informal Syrian refugee camps—in short, those left out of the system can be found everywhere. Established in 1878, Makassed began by providing education for girls in Beirut. It soon expanded its reach, providing schooling for boys, then opening schools outside of the capital.
It then expanded in the early 1920s by reaching out to communities outside Beirut, inaugurating not-for-profit schools in remote rural areas.
The MFA currently partners with Makassed Association in Beirut to support the education of more than 8,000 students enrolled in Makassed’s 31 schools throughout Lebanon.
Only two Makassed schools (in Beirut) charge full tuition; the remaining 26 schools are free to all students.
In 2019, Makassed spent around $9,000,000 to support these schools, with 70 percent of the students receiving an average of $700 in financial aid from the organization.
The annual tuition fees at Al Makassed schools is 800 USD and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education contributes with 700 USD that it covers within three years. However, the cost of educating a child amounts to 2,200 USD, causing a deficit of 700 USD per student.
For this reason, each annual scholarship costs 700 USD per student. Thus, the Scholarship Fund aims to support the work of the Association without burdening the budget of contributors.
Makassed has also broadened its reach in the field of education, having established three post-secondary institutions under the umbrella of Makassed Beirut University: The College for Islamic Studies, Makassed College of Nursing and Health Services, and Abdel Hadi Debs Vocational and Training Center.
More than 800 students are enrolled in these institutions and are direct beneficiaries of the Makassed Education Scholarship Fund.
As part of its commitment to supporting the education of youth in Lebanon, Makassed grants full University scholarship assistance to exceptional students enrolled in Universities in Lebanon and USA.
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