Lebanon: 120 graduate from first EU farming course

Organized by Avsi foundation with 700,000 euros

17 February, 12:50

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 17 - One hundred and twenty Lebanese and Syrian students have graduated from the first farming course across seven districts of Lebanon, funded by the European Union with 700,000 euros and organized by the Avsi Foundation.

    The initiative took place from September through November in seven professional schools of the country's agricultural ministry. Previously, teachers had been trained through a program followed since May by Anna Zottola, director of the technical school of the Minoprio foundation.

    The manager of the project for the Avsi Foundation, Marina Molino Lova, stressed that the support provided by the EU was key to improve the structure of schools in the program, from building tunnels to greenhouses, as well as for the enrollment of 35 teachers who had the possibility to improve their knowledge and teaching for students.

    The head of the EU delegation in Lebanon, Angelina Eichhorst, who attended the graduation ceremony together with Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayeb, recalled that the initiative is part of the ''Union's response to the consequences in Lebanon of the Syrian war''. ''Since 2012, the EU alone has allocated almost 450 million euros for aid to Lebanon and member countries have pledged a similar sum'', said Eichhorst.(ANSAmed).

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