Primary school year
Universal access to basic education and primary education is one of the most important goals of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and A World Fit for Children agenda.
Education is vital in combating poverty, empowering women, protecting children from hazardous and exploitative labour and sexual exploitation, promoting human rights and democracy, protecting the environment, and influencing population growth.
Regional imbalance and disparities
According to the Multi Indicators Cluster Survey 3 (MICS 3), while 88.5 per cent of children of primary school entry age (6 years) in Lebanon attend first grade of primary school, there are significant differences between regions. In Beirut, 100 per cent of children go to primary school, only 83.5 per cent attend in the North Districts (excluding Akkar and Minieh – Dinnieh).
Transition to secondary education
Transitioning rates from primary into secondary education in the various regions range between 90.7 per cent in Beirut and 100 per cent in Mount Lebanon (except Suburbs of Beirut).
Child labour prevalence
The prevalence of child labour among children aged 5-14 years is 1.9 per cent, with 2.7 per cent of boys and 0.9 per cent involved.
Physical punishment widespread
In Lebanon, 81.9 per cent of children aged 2-14 years are subjected to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment by their mothers/caretakers or other household members. More importantly, 13 per cent of children are subjected to severe physical punishment. This affects younger children more.
For more information, please have a look to the Central Administration of Statistics website.