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Opening Ceremony of the Regional Training on "Education for Intercultural Citizenship" (UNESCO Palace, 18/11/2013)

Under the patronage of His Excellency General Michel Sleiman, President of the Lebanese Republic, ‎represented by H.E. Mr. Walid El Daouk, Minister of Information, Adyan Foundation organized, in ‎collaboration with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO – as the Head of the ALF Lebanese ‎Network, the opening ceremony of the Regional Training on “Education for Intercultural Citizenship”, in the ‎framework of the Citizens for Dialogue programme – Dawrak, launched by the Anna Lindh Foundation and ‎funded by the European Union.‎

The event was inaugurated in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst – head of the ‎European delegation in Lebanon, of the ambassadors of Spain and Egypt, and representatives of the ‎American, British, Iranian and Bulgarian embassies in Lebanon, as well as representatives of spiritual, ‎academic, educational institutions and civil society organizations.‎

The ceremony opened with a speech by the Director of Cross Cultural Studies Department at Adyan ‎Foundation and the Manager of the training, Dr. Nayla Tabbara, who explained that “the workshop is a ‎space for training and capacity building”. Manar Idriss from Palestine spoke on behalf of the participants, ‎and Prof. Fadi Daou, Chairman of Adyan Foundation talked about the role of Adyan in participating in ‎building bridges for citizenship and the importance of implementing such training.‎

The Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission, Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, emphasized ‎the importance of such a training on education for intercultural citizenship in the midst of the current ‎circumstances prevailing in the Arab societies, that seem to be threatened by class, sectarian and political ‎divisions.

Mr. Andreu Claret, Executive director of Anna Lindh Foundation, noted that the training brings together ‎teachers and trainers from Arab countries facing a significant transformation in terms of change, adding ‎that dialogue works when it is a dialogue of people sharing social and cultural experiences and aimed at ‎doing together, at becoming real citizens. ‎