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National Back-to-School campaign launch

Lebanon takes a vital step in post-conflict recovery as students return to school

WHAT:    Media launch of official National Back-to-School Day as the children of Lebanon return to public school classes after the recent conflict.  Schools and children are receiving essential teaching and learning materials provided by UNICEF.

WHEN:     Monday, 16 October 2006, 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Ansarieh Public School, near Adloun


• His Excellency the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Khaled Kabbani
• Mr. Roberto Laurenti, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon

• Students, teachers and principals

WHY:     Getting children back to school is one of the most important elements in helping children to recover from conflict or crisis.  It is extremely important to ensure that children resume their education as quickly as possible, while at the same time re-establishing a sense of normalcy and routine.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact:

Soha Bsat Boustani, Communications Director, UNICEF, Tel. +961 3 236 167

Nicole Ireland, Communications Officer, UNICEF, Tel. +961 70 908 368

Hala Habib, Assistant Communications Officer, UNICEF, Tel. +961 3 870 459




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