Policy Brief: Gender Stereotypes in the Education Sector

23 Dec 2020

In terms of educational level of the populace, Lebanon is among the most literate countries in the area, with 99% literacy among both women and men. However, enrolment and retention rates across the different levels are not as elevated and show disparities between genders more specifically in secondary and higher education. As shown in the below table the enrolment rate is almost equal between both gender in KG, Cycle 1 and 2, while in Cycle 3 and 4 there is a gender gap with more girls attending schools than boys. This is particularly true for non-Lebanese. While these numbers show progress and a high level of enrolment for girls, the social culture (patriarchal and stereotypical) still inhibits some girls from participating in the education system. More specifically, girls from poor and less fortunate families are still considered a burden and are married off at an early age. This is further enhanced in the LCRP Education chapter, which highlights the fact that vulnerable and marginalized families resort to negative coping mechanisms when faced with financial hardships that includes supporting boys’ education over girls.

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