Pupils went back to schools in Beirut as well as in many other Lebanese cities on Monday (29 November).
Pupils went back to schools in Beirut as well as in many other Lebanese cities on Monday (29 November). It was another important step taken towards the return of normal life after the civil war in the country, but there have been many unsuccessful ceasefires before.
SYNOPSIS: For many months children were taking an active part in the fighting in Beirut. Teenagers were wearing military uniforms and carrying arms. And some of them were not even teenagers. Reporters saw children as young as nine years-old fighting with commandos from the Palestinian splinter group, the Popular Front General Command.
To date nobody knows how many children were among the 60,000 people killed and 200,000 wounded in the Lebanese civil war.
But it seems to be all over now. Elementary and secondary schools re-opened in Beirut on Monday (29 November) together with many others all over the country. Beirut's airport reopened recently and the country's telecommunications system is working again, but children going back to school is perhaps the most significant step towards the return of peaceful life in Lebanon. Sone students of Beirut's University have also gone back to their classes.
But the Lebanese education authorities are faced with serious problems -- how to accommodate pupils in places where the school buildings were damaged during the 18 months of civil war.
As it looks now many classes are going to be overcrowded for some time to come.