Decades ago, hundreds of schools were established by monks and nuns across different Lebanese regions. Affected by the movements of migration and displacement which marked Lebanon over these decades, these schools recorded declines in their student population. The number of Christian students dropped to alarmingly low rates in some schools. In some cases, Christians were even on the verge of completely disappearing from school records, which became dominated by Muslim students. Yet, those schools persisted in their mission far from any sectarian or religious considerations.
In the scholarly year 2013/14, the student population totaled
and broke down as follows:
Christian schools alone have 207,000 students including 28,000 in private free schools and 179,000 in non-free schools.
Distribution of Schools by Qada’a
These schools are distributed across all Lebanese Aqdiya; some of them are present in Christian Aqdiya with a majority of Christian students; some in mixed Aqdiya with students from different sectarian backgrounds and the remaining schools are located in Muslim areas and accommodate a majority of Muslim students.
Table 1: The distribution of private Christian schools- both free and non-free- and the number of students in the scholarly year 2013/14.
Source: School Guide issued by the Center for Educational Research and Development
|Qada’a||# of private non-free Christian schools||# of
|# of private free Christian schools||# of
|Total # of schools||Total # of students|
|Hermel||No Christian schools|
|Rashaya||No Christian schools|
|City of Saida and the towns of the Qada’a||6||5,974||-||-||6||5,974|
|Hasbaya||No Christian schools|
There are no Christian schools in the Aqdiya of Hasbaya, Rashaya and Hermel.