BEIRUT: Twelve charitable schools in Lebanon, established by Kuwait to educate Syrian refugee students in North Lebanon, started their tenth year, with students expressing deep gratitude for the Kuwaiti donations that enabled them to attend classes. A delegation from the International Islamic Charitable Organization, the Society for Humanitarian Excellence, the Islamic Development Bank and the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, toured the schools and reviewed their needs.

Receptions, organized by the pupils of these schools, were held to greet the delegation, in which various educational activities were showcased. Chairman of the Humanitarian Excellence Association Dr. Khaled Al-Subaihi said in remarks to KUNA that these schools that educate around 9,000 students in North Lebanon can be seen as model schools, noting that the students have attained much higher grades than those of their peers in other schools in northern Lebanon.

He also said that it requires great efforts to educate those students that require financial aid, such as refugee students than their counterparts who can afford to go to school. In a similar statement, Board member of the Excellence Society, Hamid Al-Refai, said, "We realized the difficulties faced in teaching refugee students and in guiding the teachers 10 years ago when we started to build these schools with contributions from Kuwaiti philanthropists."

"We acted to solve the problems facing the learning process and developed advanced teaching techniques for this purpose", he added. Director of the Educational Department at the UNICEF office in Lebanon, Atif Rafiq expressed thanks to Kuwait for supporting refugees especially in education. "I am happy to see that these children are receiving education and attending school," he said.

The representative of the Islamic Solidarity Fund, Muhammad Al-Jawabra, said, "Our visit to the schools show the strategic work that affect the life and needs of these refugee students." He thanked the Kuwaiti Charitable associations and organizations saying that "we are proud of such a relation and their contributions towards the eradication of poverty and in building an educated community". The associations' delegation also took part in a meeting with technical coordinators and educational supervisors. - KUNA