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BEIRUT/ZAHLE: Freezing temperatures have settled over Lebanon during the past month, but children across Lebanon say the classroom is no place to escape the cold.One student joked that the luckiest among them gets the spot closest to the radiator.School may be back in session, but classrooms remain scarcely heated."When the temperature drops below 20 [Celsius], the students start to complain that it's too cold".He said there is usually a gaping difference between what the school funds provide and what is needed to comfortably heat classrooms. This year, 583 schools will receive UNICEF heating assistance; 225 of those are in the Bekaa Valley. Further, the structure and materials of public school buildings present a challenge to maintaining comfortable temperatures, as a number of these schools are located in old houses and buildings.The parent of one teenager enrolled in private school near Kesrouan said she pays yearly tuition in excess of $6,000, but the classrooms still lack proper heating.The parent, who declined to give her name for fear of reprisal from school officials, said that the only heating in the classrooms comes from small space heaters, which were far from enough to fight the cold.
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