Devane speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The severity of the Syria crisis has led the British Council to take on a more humanitarian role, the organization's Chief Executive Sir Ciar?n Devane said during a 48-hour visit to Lebanon this week.The British Council is a U.K. public corporation operating around the world that, while receiving some funding from the U.K. government, operates independently as a charity organization. Devane said this experience and competency can help the organization assist refugees and host communities in Lebanon.Despite all the generosity of the host community – it's really tough," Devane explained.In the face of these challenges he is confident the British Council can make a difference. Devane, who has headed the organization since 2015, highlighted how the British Council has a long history and strong connections on the ground in Lebanon, having had a presence in the country since 1943 .The British Council head highlighted a language for resilience project aimed at helping Syrian and Lebanese school children improve their English skills to better equip them for the country's multi-lingual education system.
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