Prime Minister Najib Mikati received a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which he congratulated him for gaining confidence in the government, wishing that “Lebanon will recover quickly and enjoy perpetual prosperity.”
Erdogan invited President Mikati to visit Turkey and discuss all that Lebanon needs in this difficult period it is going through.
Prime Minister Mikati chaired this afternoon a ministerial meeting that discussed the issue of completing the start of the school year and the demands of public sector teachers.
The meeting was attended by the ministers of: Education and Higher Education Abbas Al-Halabi, Finance Youssef Khalil, Communications Johnny Al-Qarm, Public Health Firas Al-Abyad, Energy and Water Walid Fayyad, Public Works and Transport Ali Himeh, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Judge Mahmoud Makiya, Director General of Education Fadi Yarak and Director of the Chief’s Office The government is Jamal Karim.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Minister of Education stated: “We held a meeting to discuss the issues raised with the start of the school year in light of the government’s direct teaching on October 11, and the necessity and priority for the success of this school year and the provision of its requirements. Ministers participated in this meeting, and the discussion was discussed in Issues related to providing the necessary supplies for the start and success of the school year.
He added: “There are multiple dimensions to providing these necessities, including securing fuel, transporting students, teachers, and administrative staff, providing the necessary health protection, and starting a comprehensive vaccination process for all members of the educational sector. It was also looked at providing the Internet on the day designated for distance learning, which is one day per week. We also discussed with His Excellency the Minister of Finance the possibility of meeting the rightful demands of teachers.After deliberating with donors, there were multiple possibilities to answer this year’s requirements, and in cooperation with donors and United Nations organizations, I was able to obtain a financial grant of more than seventy million dollars to support the educational sector. A prerequisite for starting this academic year in attendance.
He continued: “During the meeting, we confirmed the eligibility of the demands of the educational authority, and the cost of these demands was discussed, in light of the working paper that we presented to the meeting, and His Excellency the Minister of Finance was very positive in achieving the demands that can be achieved.”
He said: “In light of this meeting, I invite teachers and school administrations to start enrolling students, and early next week I will invite representatives of teachers, educational unions and contractors to a meeting to present the details of this support that the educational sector received this year from donors and the Lebanese government. Registration at all levels of education, and this is a necessary condition for grants to be received, because donors always ask about registration data that we have not yet had. I also call on school administrations to prepare with teachers for the opening of the school year and to invite students on the eleventh of this month to join their schools.”
He added: “It was also pointed out that the issues of education are not limited only to the financial aspects, but also to the psychological health of the students, which we pay great attention to, in addition to not neglecting the future of the children.”
He concluded: “Lebanon possesses nothing but human capital, and education is the mainstay of this capital, and I personally felt from the teachers the amount of responsibility they have and the positivity with which they deal, but there are circumstances that must be taken into account.”
Minister of Health
The Prime Minister held a meeting with Minister of Health Firas Al-Abyad, and discussed with him the affairs of his ministry.