Teachers in Lebanon are preparing for the toughest summer vacation



“I’m still getting paid at the LBP of 1,500,” a university professor told The961. “Do you know what that means? I can’t even afford to buy a kilo of meat anymore.”

As the summer vacation approaches, like thousands of teachers in Lebanon, she is unsure of what to do to get through the toughest months of the year.

Although Lebanese teachers are barely paid, they work tirelessly to ensure that students of all ages are not abandoned during the worst economic crisis the country has ever experienced.

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As early as February, UNICEF urged Lebanese officials to step up, as this particularly saw the plight of public school teachers, who were already struggling with drastic cuts in their salaries.

But the struggle continues as the country remains with no sign of reform and a fully functioning government.

Lebanese teachers today have proven to be the true unsung heroes who have put all their energies into the future of Lebanon, even if it means teaching from their cars while waiting for fuel in a never-ending line or in a closed coffee shop sitting on the street for a bit of internet connection to continue their class.

Although they weren’t fully prepared or equipped to switch to online classes, they adjusted to it – with power outages, poor internet, fuel crisis, lockdowns, and so on.

This shift has allowed teachers to acquire new skills and techniques for teaching online.

When a group of professors noticed the plight of the teachers and connected them to the local economic crisis, they started the Lebanese initiative “Teachers Without Borders” to help teachers in Lebanon earn a second income in fresh USD by offering individual courses for foreigners Students taught.

Now this initiative gives teachers the opportunity to continue teaching throughout the summer by teaching students abroad who want to strengthen themselves in a range of skills such as the foreign language.

“We put our heart and soul into it,” said Josiane El-Khoury, spokeswoman for the initiative, to The961. “We dream of supporting all professionals and academics across the country [of Lebanon]. ”

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