The RACE II Strategy (2017-2021) is being developed at a key transitional moment for Lebanon. The Syrian Crisis shows little sign of abating and the impact of this inter-generational Crisis continues to echo around the region. The MEHE and Education Partners acknowledge that existing systemic resource and capacity gaps will continue to widen; thereby impacting access to, and the quality of, social and protective services for vulnerable children, youth, and their families.

Race II Narrative



RACE II seeks to build on RACE I, envisaging now a more strategic approach to the education sector response, on the premise of a stabilization and development agenda through these key strategic shifts:

  • Aligning with the SDGs’ Goal 4 on Education, RACE II will seek to integrate human right, child rights, and child protection principles, as key to its interventions
  • Ensuring that quality education opportunities are available for the most vulnerable children and families; whether they be non-Lebanese or Lebanese.
  • MEHE and its partners will implement systemic and holistic interventions that address both the demand for, and the availability of, quality public education services.
  • An acceleration towards ensuring that all children and youth aged 03-18 years are enrolled in quality and inclusive education opportunities. This explicitly expands the Sector’s responsibility to support education opportunities for all throughout their life-cycle; from early childhood education, to improving quality of teaching services for primary, secondary, and vocational education, and a focus on equipping children and youth with effective life-skills.

With an overarching vision for children and youth therefore, RACE II aims to contribute to furthering the equitable right to a quality and relevant education for all children and youth between 03-18 years of age in Lebanon, by addressing policy, systems, quality service-delivery and demand bottlenecks at the national, subnational and community levels. Based on mutual trust and respect, a financing and delivery compact will greatly increase the delivery of quality education services for children, and a transparent accounting of monies invested towards their future..