Issued on: 28/08/2020 – 07:48

Many Beirut schools wont be ready to open in time for the new school year, having suffered extensive damage from the double explosion at the citys port in early August. FRANCE 24s correspondents bring us a special report from the Lebanese capital.

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The public school in Ashrafieh, a historic neighborhood near Beiruts port, has known its share of difficulties. Facing budget cuts and a shortage of teachers, it has been forced to shut five classes in recent years.

Now, its physical structure is in peril, too. The twin explosions in the citys port on August 4 knocked out doors and windows, and left the walls themselves at risk of collapsing. Lebanese schools are set to reopen in late September, but here, as at dozens of schools damaged by the port blasts, rebuilding has yet to even begin.

Altogether, some 85,000 students in the Lebanese capital likely wont be able to return to school next month.

“We are trying to help as best we can, but our capacity is very limited,” outgoing education minister Tarek al Majzoub told France 24. Lebanon was on the edge of bankruptcy even before the port blasts, and Covid-19, struck this year.

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