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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

1,005,044

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
students
# of private free Christian schools # of
students
Total # of schools Total # of students
Beirut 30 20,564 5 2,018 35 22,582
Jbeil (Byblos) 10 7,393 4 740 14 8,133
Kessrouane 32 26,973 12 3,678 44 30,651
Matn 54 42,888 19 5,162 73 48,050
Baabda 24 19,415 5 1,517 29 20,932
Aley 2 293 2 297 4 590
Shouf 11 4,564 1 336 12 4,900
Tripoli 7 5,939 5 2,726 12 8,665
Mennieh-Dennieh - - 2 345 2 345
Akkar 8 4,082 6 2,807 14 6,889
Bsharri 6 909 4 634 10 1,543
Batroun 6 3,550 3 567 9 4,117
Zgharta 10 4,890 4 1,601 14 6,491
Koura 7 7,258 3 975 10 8,233
Zahle 25 14,710 8 1,837 33 16,547
Baalbeck 8 1,800 1 413 9 2,213
Hermel No Christian schools
Rashaya No Christian schools
Western Beqa’a 5 709 4 598 9 1,307
City of Saida and the towns of the Qada’a 6 5,974 - - 6 5,974
Tyre 3 1,759 - - 3 1,759
Jezzine 2 744 1 453 3 1,197
Nabatieh 2 2,125 - - 2 2,125
Bint Jbeil 5 1,676 2 897 7 2,573
Marjeyoun 3 880 1 165 4 1,045
Hasbaya No Christian schools
Total 266 179,095 92 27,766 358 206,861

 

There are no Christian schools in the Aqdiya of Hasbaya, Rashaya and Hermel.



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