UNRWA alumnus Safaa Nasser achieved the highest mark in all secondary schools in Lebanon among those who sat for the final Life Science exams for the Baccalaureate 2. With 506 out of 580 possible points, her score is the fourth highest in Northern Lebanon and she ranks thirteenth in all of Lebanon out of all UNRWA, public and private schools.
Even though her educational life has always been steady, Safaa experienced a lot of disruption in her life, despite her young age. Safaa was only in second grade at the beginning of the Nahr el-Bared crisis. Her family had to be evacuated from the camp to the neighbouring Beddawi town before moving once again to Beddawi refugee camp.
“I can’t remember being affected by the displacement because of the full support that I received from my father and mother. In spite of the miserable situation that we passed through, my parents secured a suitable environment for me and my brothers,” she recalled.
The 18-year-old graduated from Amqa secondary school in Nahr el-Bared camp. She feels proud and happy for what she has achieved and said, “Since childhood, I have always been first in the class. I like studying so much and I love being diligent. I studied hard for the Baccalaureate in order to achieve my goal.”
The high achiever also thanked UNRWA education staff and Amqa school for their “efforts in raising us to higher levels and pushing us forward.”
Safaa is now a first-year Applied Mathematics student at the American University of Beirut (AUB). “I have decided to study mathematics primarily because I like it so much and can help and share my experience with new students. But also because I believe it will give me a better chance of finding a job in the future.”
UNRWA education supports more than 36,000 children in Lebanon. This year alone, 2,230 students sat the Brevet exam, of which 1,509 successfully passed (a 68 per cent success rate). Another 1,505 students sat the Baccalaureate exam, of which 1,133 successfully passed (a 75 per cent success rate). UNRWA remains fully committed to providing high-quality education for all Palestine refugees in Lebanon.
Safaa encourages all students to continue their education and believes that: “if you want to possess something that no one can take from you, you better go for education.”