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Webcast: Access to Education for Refugees in Lebanon

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


This ECCN webcast will explore best practices in promoting equity in education among urban refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has been operating in Lebanon since 2012 and currently focuses on early childhood education, formal basic education, and learning support programs. The webcast will address current challenges in access to education for forcibly displaced populations and how JRS is addressing gaps in access to quality education for children by enhancing school enrollment and performance in Lebanese institutions or offering quality formal education in areas where access to public schools is hindered by limited capacities or distance.

Presenters will also discuss the importance of rebuilding international political will for investments in education for refugees in Lebanon, programming that facilitates more Lebanese to Syrian student interaction and collaboration, as well as increased access to secondary education, including vocational training opportunities.

Syrian boy

Photo Credit: Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA 2017
Syrian students studying in
JRS Lebanon Kindergarten class

Learn more about the equity approaches utilized by JRS in their education programs here.

Please RSVP by latest April 17; a reminder email with login information will be sent on April 18.


The following resources pertaining to education for refugees might be of interest to you:

  • JRS Report: Protecting the Promise of a Generation: Education for Refugees and the Forcibly Displaced (April 2018). More information and the PDF can be found here.
  • Two free literacy gaming apps—Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster—sourced by Norad’s EduApp4Syria competition. They build foundational Arabic literacy and strengthen psycho-social wellbeing for Syrian refugee children. Both games are in Arabic but Feed the Monster has already been re-versioned into 20 languages with more on the way. Download the games and read World Vision’s Impact Evaluation reports.
  • ECCN and RTI’s webcast on Education in Syria
  • ECCN’s Urban Refugee Education Roundtable: Shaping an Agenda for Reserach, Policy, and Practice. Keynote addresses by then US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and USAID’s Associate Administrator Eric Postel and UNHCR’s Senior Education Advisor Ita Sheehy

Webcast Presenters

Roy Gebrayel

Roy Gebrayel

Roy Gebrayel is the regional education officer for the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East. Gebrayel started working with JRS in 2014 as a Peace Education teacher and school administrator in Beirut, before moving to the JRS Lebanon country office in 2015, and to the JRS Middle East regional office in 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, a diploma in Anthropology, and a Master of Research in Information and Communication Sciences from the Lebanese University in Beirut.


Giulia McPherson

Giulia McPherson

Giulia McPherson is the director of advocacy and operations at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. She oversees JRS/USA’s policy and advocacy portfolio, with a focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises; leads a community engagement program to educate and mobilize advocates; and oversees JRS/USA’s institutional operations. Prior to joining JRS in 2015, McPherson was with CARE USA for 11 years, most recently as director of citizen advocacy. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University and a Master in International Development Studies from The George Washington University.

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