The children

Early years

Primary school year




Adolescents in class
© UNICEF/Lebanon/2013/Ramoneda
Child refugees from Syria attend school in the town of Baalbek in the eastern Bekaa Valley, near the Syrian border.

According to the UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (2009 MICS), young people in Lebanon (10-24 years) represent almost 30% of the total population; adolescents (aged 10-18 years) make up just over 18%.

Education and literacy

While an average of 81 per cent of young people attend secondary school or higher education, 85% of girls attend secondary school or higher, but only 24 per cent of them go on to university.

The percentage of literate young women aged 15-19 is 88.6% while 92.4% of young women aged 20-24 are literate

Immigration and unemployment

In Lebanon, there are high levels of immigration and unemployment among young people. 50 per cent say they would consider immigration and around 23 per cent of youth aged 15-19 years are poor and unemployed.         

Health: Traffic accidents and tobacco as major risks 
For young people, traffic accidents are considered the main reasons for death and handicaps. Youth also suffer from all kinds of tobacco related health problems.
There is a clear lack of official statistics regarding mental health problems among young people. 

 Social integration

Since the World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen in 1995, the issue of youth social integration and their participation in various life aspects has become a priority of the international community in general and the United Nations in particular. 

In 2009, the Lebanese Government lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

The UN Charter in Lebanon earmarked a huge part of its budget to projects aimed at dialogue, bolstering understanding among youth and providing them with the necessary knowledge for an active participation in society.



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