Bou Saab speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Education Ministry Monday launched its Back to School 2015/2016 campaign, promising free education up to the Grade 9 for all Lebanese children and around half of school-aged Syrian refugees.In addition to the 166,000 Lebanese students, a further 200,000, mostly Syrian refugees, will also benefit from the funds. A further $25 million is needed in order to provide education for some 42,000 students that the program also aims to reach. Some 1,278 public schools have been designated to manage the increased number of students. Of those, 259 institutions and 68 UNRWA schools will provide second shifts in the afternoon, significantly more than last year. A similar program provided free education to 100,000 Syrian students last year. But, for all the efforts of the Education Ministry and the international community, at least 200,000 Syrian refugee children remain outside Lebanon's education system. Lebanon is hosting around 1.5 million Syrian refugees on its territories.
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