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October 11, 2011
Minister Diab Unveils Large-Scale Education Plan – Al-Markazia
In a News Conference held at the Ministry of Education & Higher Education on Monday October 10, 2011, H.E. Mr. Hasan Diab pointed out that “the interest of the Lebanese is for us to work on a modern plan that meets their aspirations for a better society with an advanced and successful education system…”, and explained that the large-scale Educational Plan includes changes to primary and secondary education, vocational and technical education, higher education, administrative development and the Center for Educational Research and Development. H.E. also stressed the need to advance vocational and technical training in Lebanon, which according to him, is needed and highly valued by the market in Lebanon. “It is of primary importance to the ministry to modernize this sector and make it widely available.”
For more details, read Al-Markazia article (Arabic .pdf) 

October 04, 2011
New Agreement between NRC and UNRWA
As noted on the portal of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), “the main objective of this collaboration is to support the implementation of UNRWA educational reform launched in September 2011, and to help build additional educational quality in UNRWA system. This includes the five fields of The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, (UNRWA)’s intervention: Lebanon, Gaza, Jordan, West Bank and Syria…During the school year 2011-2012, both NRC Lebanon and NRC OPT will expand their respective education projects…The ‘communicating schools’ project in Lebanon will be implemented in 13 schools in North, South and Central Lebanon. The ‘our communities, our schools’ project in Gaza will involve 6 schools. NRC in Gaza is also working with UNRWA to track out-of-school children and will begin to pilot work with children suffering from the effects of trauma in the conflict-affected restricted area.
For more details, read the NRC news (English .pdf) 

September 28, 2011
"Labour Force Survey of Palestinians Living in Refugee Camps and Selected Gatherings in Lebanon"
Launching of the Field Work for the "Labour Force Survey of Palestinians Living in Refugee Camps and Selected Gatherings in Lebanon" within the ILO-CEP project "Improving access to employment and social protection for Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon" - funded by the European Union
Read about the event 

September 22, 2011
Launching of the Field Work for the National Household Budget Survey for 2011
As noted on its portal on September 21, 2011, "The Central Administration of Statistics launched on Tuesday 20 September 2011 at 12:00am, the field work for the National Household Budget Survey for 2011 conducted in cooperation with the World Bank. This Survey will provide a rich statistical database on the characteristics of demographic and social development of households and individuals, the characteristics of the economic activity of individuals, characteristics of housing and housing conditions, poverty line, details of income and household spending and update of the weights used in the compilation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI)."
Read CAS’ News 

September 20, 2011
EU-UNRWA Press Release pertaining to the EU continuing support to UNRWA
EU-UNRWA Press Release pertaining to the EU continuing "support to UNRWA in its endeavours to alleviate the dire living conditions of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon through a new programme for a total budget of 12 million Euros. This programme, which will be implemented by UNRWA, aims at providing adequate shelter to the most vulnerable Palestine refugee families living in Lebanon, by securing funds for the rehabilitation of shelters in Palestinian camps throughout Lebanon and by paying cash rental subsidies in 2011 and 2012 to the families waiting to return to their reconstructed houses in Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC).
The programme will benefit over 3,000 families displaced from NBC in addition to an estimated 736 families residing in the other 11 Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. A socio-economic survey conducted last year confirmed that dire housing conditions affect the majority of Palestine refugees in Lebanon and contribute to the prevalence of chronic illnesses among the refugees. Over 4,000 shelters across Lebanon are in need of rehabilitation. The same study found that 66% of the refugees live in poverty.
The proposed action will be financed by the Instrument for Stability (IfS), which is the EU mechanism to respond to crises, facilitate recovery processes and prevent further relapses..."
Read the Press Release (Arabic .pdf)
Read the Press Release (English .pdf) 

September 18, 2011
UNRWA Chief on Palestinian Statehood and Beyond
Read the Interview (English .pdf) 

September 10, 2011
The Politics of Reciprocity by Juan Zober de Francisco
Read Now Lebanon article (English .pdf) 

September 08, 2011
Expert Group Meeting on Social Protection as Development
The Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs, Ms. Magida El Masri pointed out that "through this workshop the Palestinian Authority was seeking to take advantage of the expertise of ESCWA and neighboring countries in social protection… the meeting topic is an urgent national priority for Palestinian people, as social protection is a leverage for social cohesion and steadfastness of Palestinians in the face of occupation policies. She added that her ministry reformulated, in cooperation with local and international partners, its programs and interventions in the fields of protection, care and prevention, empowerment of vulnerable groups of poor people, the disabled, the elderly, children, women and others…”
Read ESCWA’s News 
Read An-Nahar Article (Arabic .pdf) 

August 31, 2011
Palestinian university students work by night, study by day.
Read Dar Al-Hayat Article (Arabic .pdf)  

August 29, 2011
The Lebanese Labour Watch launched an initiative on the working conditions of NGO workers and staff in Lebanon.
The initiative launched by the Lebanese Labour Watch includes the implementation of a study and questionnaire on the status and working conditions of the NGO employees and workers and other Civil Society Organizations in Lebanon, the benefits and rights accorded to them: A step aimed at calling employees to organize themselves to better their status and the application of laws.

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