QUALITY EDUCATION

Introduction


Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.


The Arab region has made good progress on school enrolment. Gross enrolment rates increased from 15.5 percent in 2000 to 27 percent in 2014 at the pre-primary level; from 90.78 percent in 2000 to 99.75 percent in 2014 at the primary level; 61.07 percent in 2000 to 73.01 percent in 2014 at the secondary level; and from 18.6 percent in 2000 to 28.9 percent in 2014 at the tertiary level.


In 2013, Girl’s gross enrolment ratio in tertiary education (28.2 percent) was higher than that of boy’s in Arab countries (26.8 percent). The highest tertiary enrolment rates for girls are observed in Saudi Arabia (59.9 percent in 2014) followed by Bahrain (56.5 percent in 2014). Figures are much higher for gross enrolment ratio in primary education, reaching 96.1 percent for girls and 103.2 percent for boys in 2013.


However, increasing armed conflicts and other emergencies, and accompanying increases in levels of poverty in several countries in the region are increasing the number of children out of school. Half of Syria's school-aged children are not in school –2.1 million inside Syria and 700,000 Syrian refugee children in neighboring countries.

Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.


There has been great progress in reaching increased enrolment in primary education and increasing already high literacy rates among the youth in Lebanon. Areas of improvement still remain, including reduced repetition and dropout rates and even higher enrolment in education for all children and youth.

BAU promotes substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. In this sense, the university host events that are open to the general public, among those are public lectures, community educational events. As part of its educational and national mission, the events at LU, which is a public university are open to the general public.