Day: November 21, 2016

Baalback celebrates Feyruz and Independence

November 21, 2016

NNA – Upon the 81st birthday of Lebanon’s iconic singer Feyruz, and after 60 years of her first appearance in Baalback festival, the city of the sun hosted celebrations on Monday, with the participation of a panel of top social, spiritual, military, an…

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Omani Ambassador commemorates Sultanate's National Day

November 21, 2016

NNA – Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Lebanon, Badr Bin Mohammed al-Manthari, hosted, at Phoenicia Hotel on Monday, a reception ceremony upon the 46th commemoration of the Omani National Day.The event was attended by Caretaker Minister of Educat…

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Aoun in Independence memory: Workshop of nation's building requires everybody

November 21, 2016

NNA – President of the Republic Michel Aoun underlined, in a national address upon the 73rd memory of Lebanon’s Independence, that it is time to venture into the workshop of building the nation which requires everybody, adding that it will be beneficen…

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Khaled Faisal winds up visit to Beirut, heads to Jeddah

November 21, 2016

NNA – The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz’s Envoy, Mecca Region Governor, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, left Beirut on Monday evening along with his accompanying delegation, heading to Jeddah aboard a private jet.Bidding him far…

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Hariri hosts dinner in honor of Prince Khaled Faisal: Nothing can spoil LebaneseSaudi relations

November 21, 2016

NNA – Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri received this evening at the “Center House” the governor of Mecca region, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is visiting Lebanon as an envoy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, accom…

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Italy increases funding for UNICEF school rehabilitation program in Lebanon

November 21, 2016

NNA – The Embassy of Italy announced today the funding, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation,of €2.4millionto support the programmefor the rehabilitation of public schools in Lebanon implemented by UNICEF.

The program, part of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education RACE II initiative, seeks to improve the physical learning environment of a number of public schools throughout Lebanon, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable communities.

18 schools will receive vital funds from the Italian Government to ensure better learning environments for more than 5.000 children. The grant will also allow UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, to improve standards of hygiene, health and safety in these schools while implementing accessibility standards for children with special needs, where applicable.

“Helping children getting back to learning is a top priority for UNICEF,” said Ms. Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF’s representative in Lebanon.

“While every effort needs to me made to increase the enrolment rate, our Education Program aims at improving the quality of education in the public sector and we are grateful that the Italian government and its people support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in its efforts for quality of education”.

Earlier this year, UNICEF had developed a comprehensive plan for schools selection based on an criteria approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation is working very closely with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and UNICEF to apply the principle of equity during school selection to prioritize the most socially and geographically marginalized areas.

“Italy is a long-standing partner of UNICEF and of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education especially through the RACE Program”, said Italian Ambassador Mr. Massimo Marotti. “In the last three years, the Italian Government has contributed with €12 million to fund initiatives in Lebanon in support of education”.

Since 2013, the Italian Government’s funding to UNICEF Lebanon was directly supporting Lebanese schools rehabilitation and the implementation of a vocational training for vulnerable youth, Lebanese and Syrian refugees through investing in physical infrastructure and capacity building to improve children and youth learning.

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Irish Defense Minister arrives in Beirut

November 21, 2016

NNA – Irish Defense Minister, Paul Kehoe, arrived this evening in Beirut, in the context of a visit to participate in the ceremony which will take place tomorrow at UNIFIL’s headquarters in the South, on the occasion of the transfer of UNIFIL command f…

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Hashem representing Aoun: We hope to form national unity government

November 21, 2016

NNA – MP Qassem Hashem visited Rashaya’s Independence castle on Monday, representing President Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Caretaker Prime Minister Tammam Salam.”We are now in the beginning of a new tenure with the election of President…

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