This article is based on my view and on my experience from my visits to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
When talking about the Palestinians in Lebanon a lot of things are left out. I would like to shed some light on how problematic their educational situation in particular is.
First of all the Palestinians are being taught in UNRWA-schools, in these schools the teaching language is English and some Arabic. The UN thought that by learning English the Palestinians would have better possibilities if traveling to other countries to work.
Secondly, Lebanon used to be a French mandate (from 1920 to 1943) and therefore the Lebanese school system is still like the French school system. The same goes for the teaching language, which is French and, because it is an Arabic country, Arabic.
The Palestinian children are being taught physics and mathematics in English. The teacher teaches all the subjects in English. Only Islam- and Arabic-language classes are in Arabic.
Now this of course creates some division between the Palestinian students and the Lebanese students. The Lebanese high schools and universities continue to teach in French and so the Palestinians have no possibility to study at a Lebanese University simply because of the language barrier. I think it is sad that Lebanon isn’t willing to integrate the Palestinians. They are there to stay, but unfortunately the Lebanese government doesn’t want to realize it. Instead the way to get an education is blocked.
It is illegal for Palestinians to work in Lebanon as a doctor or a lawyer for example. That is why most of them work inside the refugee camps. The camp is like a small village. You can find almost everything and many Palestinians never leave the camp.
The problem is that the Palestinians have now been in the country for more than 50 years but the situation is still the same as 50 years ago. Sad but true.