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A day in the life of…Carine Sobhieh

Despite the challenges faced by the Syrian refugees in her school, many of them view education as the key to a brighter future, says this maths teacher from Lebanon

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The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on my small state school in Mount Lebanon has been profound. In the past three years, the total number of pupils at Mtein School has increased by almost 80 per cent, with approximately 85 per cent of them being refugees.

Almost overnight, we have had to manage large numbers of students from very different backgrounds. This has involved recruiting new teachers, creating new classes and introducing a new timetable to accommodate them. Instead of a traditional 8.30am-3pm school day, we now have the double-shift system: half the students attend school 8am-1 ...

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