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Former British premier Gordon Brown says Syrian refugees overwhelming Lebanese public schools

  • The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, speaks during a press conference with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, center, and British Ambassador in Lebanon Tom Fletcher in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, speaks during a press conference with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, center, and British Ambassador in Lebanon Tom Fletcher in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, left, shakes hands with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab ahead of their press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, left, shakes hands with Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab ahead of their press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, shows the Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab his seat during their press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, shows the Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab his seat during their press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Brown said Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools but Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support. Brown said he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a United Nations special education envoy, says Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support.

Brown said Tuesday that Lebanon has made tremendous efforts, enrolling 106,000 Syrian children by introducing double shifts in more than 150 public schools.

Still, Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab says more than 400,000 Syrian children need schooling, nearly twice the total number of enrolled Lebanese students.

Brown says he will help the Lebanese government raise $100 million before the beginning of the school year in August to expand its enrollment.

Lebanon, a country of 4.5 million, has absorbed nearly 1.2 million refugees since Syria's conflict began in 2011. But the number of Syrians in Lebanon is believed to be much higher.