Adolescents and young people represent the age demographic that is more directly affected by the system of exclusion affecting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. One adolescent out of two is out of learning, three out of four are poor; youth unemployment is higher than 30%.
Recent changes in UNICEF’s main donors’ policies and priorities have resulted in dramatic funding shortages, which have affected PPL first and foremost. As a consequence, most components of the UNRWA-UNICEF Partnership have been put on hold, affecting the provision of Health, Education, Protection, WASH and humanitarian assistance for both PRS and PRL.
While primary school enrollment rates remain high within the Palestinian community, school retention and completion of basic education have shown negative trends in recent years. Findings from two consecutive Back to School campaigns, conducted in the summer months of 2016 and 2017, suggest that the single most crucial reported reason for primary school dropout is poor achievement, and perceived poor quality of education services among students and families.
Psychosocial distress and negative coping mechanisms have been increasing among Palestinian children and caregivers, partly as a consequence of the additional strain that the Syria crisis has put on the limited resources available to the refugee community