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Workshop for Bcharre and Zgharta schools and Award ceremony of the best brochure and best ‎drawing competition on “Qadisha Valley, site inscribed on the World Heritage List” (Maronite ‎Patriarchal Seat in Diman, 5/5/2016)‎

Under the patronage of Bishop Maroun al-Ammar, Patriarchal Vicar General for Jebbe-Bcharre area, the ‎Lebanese National Commission and the UNESCO Beirut Office organized a workshop for public and ‎private schools located in Bcharre and Zgharta districts, to raise awareness about Qadisha Valley, as a ‎natural and spiritual site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1998.‎
Held on Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Maronite Patriarchate Seat in Diman, the workshop gathered 40 ‎students and 22 school principals and teachers from private and public schools in Bcharre and Zgharta, ‎in addition to Sister Angel al-Msan, Head of Qannoubine monastery, and Father Khalil Arab, from the ‎Patriarchy of Jebbe.‎
The Lebanese national anthem, was followed by welcome speeches from Bishop Maroun Al-Ammar, ‎representing Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Eng. Joseph Kreidi, Culture Programme Officer – ‎UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut, and Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the ‎Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.‎
This workshop was facilitated by engineer Jean Yasmin, a professor at the Lebanese University and ‎expert in monuments’ restoration. Professor Yasmin introduced the concept of world cultural heritage ‎using the Qadisha Valley as a model. Ms. Samar Karam, Director of archaeological sites in Northern ‎Lebanon at the Directorate General of Antiquities, also explained about the roads and paths in the Valley ‎and entry requirements. ‎
Awards were distributed to the winners of the ceremony of the best brochure and best drawing ‎competition on “Qadisha Valley, site inscribed on ‎the World Heritage List”‎‏.‏