Lebanon News

U.K. to cover cost of books at Lebanon state schools

Syrian refugee students attend a session during the first day at school in the southern city of Sidon, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The United Kingdom will cover the cost of school books for all students in Lebanese public schools for the academic year 2013-2014, UK Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher said Monday.

The UK will be covering the expenses of books for Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian students to help ease some of the burdens of their parents, Fletcher said according to a statement from caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s office.

Last week, UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced during a visit to Lebanon £4 million to fund 300,000 packs of textbooks to Lebanese and Syrian students aged between 6-15 years attending Lebanon’s public schools.

The scheme will ensure that every child aged between 6 and 15 who attends state school in Lebanon has a set of textbooks covering key academic subjects.





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