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”.