Beirut Explosion Damages 160 Schools UNESCO Asks Countries for Support September 4, 17:13
It has been four days and a month since a massive explosion occurred in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon in the Middle East. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 160 schools have been damaged by the explosion and are calling on countries to help.
A massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital, so far killed 190 people and injured more than 6,500, and the whereabouts of seven people are still not known.
Against this situation, UNESCO compiled the damage to education last month.
As a result, 85,000 children and students were affected by the explosion, which caused damage such as the construction of 160 elementary schools and junior high schools.
In Beirut, the explosion prevented students from attending school at least during the month, and due to the effects of the new coronavirus, there are concerns about further delays in learning due to the prolonged period of inability to attend school.
Mr. Azle, Director-General of UNESCO, who visited the site last month, indicated that UNESCO will contribute funds to rebuild 40 of these schools and will continue to support the affected students.
UNESCO is calling on countries to help, saying they need more than USD 22 million in the education sector and more than 2.3 billion yen in Japanese yen, including the rebuilding of schools.