Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Primary Education in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon
by Cook, Sabrina Stefanie, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2013, 88; 10305826
Abstract (Summary)

Keywords: refugees, children, primary education, human rights, United Nations.

This thesis discusses primary education in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. It examines whether the provision of primary education in the Palestinian Refugee Camps is relevant to the needs of the refugee population In addition, it examines the challenges that NGOs and UNRWA face in their attempt to provide formal education for Palestinian refugees.

Since its creation in 1948, UNRWA has provided educational services for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. UNRWA schools have adopted the curriculum of the host country, thus it is not clear whether the education in the Refugee Camps is relevant to the needs of the Palestinian population. Moreover, UNRWA and NGOs face challenges in providing formal primary education due to financial and political restrictions as well as challenges arising from the complex political and socio-economic context of the Palestinian Refugee Camps.

This thesis uses data derived from qualitative empirical research and primary documentary research as well as secondary sources. The empirical research is comprised of interviewees with various parties about the primary education system as well as the situation of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon. The researcher conducted interviewees with NGO and UNRWA officials, head teachers and Palestinians working and living in the Refugee Camps in Lebanon in order to arrive at the general understanding of the situation and identify challenges and causing factors of the formal primary education system in the Refugee Camps.

The results of this thesis demonstrate that the primary education system does not meet the needs of the Palestinian Refugee students in Lebanon. It also indicates that the limited financial resources of UNRWA and other UN Agencies as well as the complex political and socio-economic reality of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon limits and constrains the ability to provide adequate formal primary education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Majed, Ziad
Commitee: Perry, Susan
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Elementary education, Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations
Keywords: Human rights, Lebanon, Palestinian, Primary education, Refugee camps
Publication Number: 10305826
ISBN: 978-1-369-49390-0
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