UNICEF - funded MRE Project

Under the supervision of the Lebanese Mine Action Center (LMAC), and in coordination with the National MRE Steering Committee, an 8 month Mine Risk Education (MRE) project funded by UNICEF and executed by the University of Balamand was launched on July 1st, 2013 aiming to enhance skills and knowledge of national actors to deliver MRE activities targeting children in schools and communities in affected areas.

In this context, the University of Balamand conducted the following activities:

A MRE knowledge, Awareness and Practices (KAP) survey targeting communities living in infected areas (from July until December 2013) and official schools' students.

Delivering of refresher training for 360 MRE activists from the MRE steering committee members and from schools (including teachers, from Social Development Centers and from humanitarian actors in the selected areas).

Delivering of 500 MRE awareness session in public schools and in community based organizations to reach out parents and school children and Youth.

Reviewing existing MRE public information material and producing updated version to cover the knowledge gap identified through the KAP study for long-term plan.

In conclusion, this project gave the opportunity to affected children and communities to have access to information and better manage risks posed by mines or any others Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).