Story of a teacher in Lebanon, forced to leave because of the economic crisis

The story of a teacher in Lebanon, forced to leave because of the economic crisis

Chryssoula Fayad, has been teaching history and geography for almost 20 years at an elite French school in Lebanon. Lebanese conditions eventually made him have to move to the capital city of Paris.

UMMATIMES - Fayad, 50, left his home and memories of his life in Lebanon in August 2020. Fayad, in fact, left his country days after being caught in a chemical warehouse at a port in the capital Beirut. The explosion was so devastating that it destroyed the hospital where her husband worked.

Corruption and political turmoil in Lebanon have made the value of the Lebanese currency plummet by more than 90 percent within two years. This condition has pushed half of the Lebanese population into the poverty line. For Fayad, this situation has also prevented him from withdrawing his deposit savings.

In the midst of this ordeal, Fayad assures that he has nothing to regret.

“I always thank God for the opportunity to come here (Paris). Unfortunately, I made the right decision considering the current state of Lebanon," said Fayad.

In Paris, Fayad taught as a substitute teacher. The education sector in Lebanon is the most prestigious in the Middle East and has also been ranked 10th in the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum.

Now, it is unclear how schools in Lebanon will be managed when the new school year starts in October 2021. Rene Karam, Head of the Association of English Teachers in Lebanon (ATEL) said the education sector in Lebanon was not ready when the crisis in Lebanon erupted in 2019.

A number of private schools in Lebanon have laid off their highly paid teachers. Layoffs were also carried out on about 30 percent of school staff in order to save money. Over time, many have resigned voluntarily. Half of the 100 teachers in the ATEL organization are now migrating to Iraq, Dubai and Oman.