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Visit of the Director General of UNESCO to Lebanon (14-15/05/2015)‎

In the framework of her official visit to launch the #unite4heritage campaign in Lebanon, UNESCO Director General Ms. ‎Irina Bokova, met on May 15, 2015 at the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut, with the President, Secretary General and ‎members of the Lebanese National Commission, to discuss new activities and projects to be implemented in Lebanon ‎as a celebration of UNESCO 70th anniversary.‎

 

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Roundtable with author Emily Nasrallah following the publication of her novel “Birds of September” in Braille ‎‎(28/04/2015)‎

In the framework of the National Reading Week, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a ‎roundtable with author Emily Nasrallah, following the publication of her novel “Birds of September” in Braille, with the ‎participation of author and publisher Sleiman Bakhti, and a number of students and instructors from the following ‎associations for the blind and visually impaired: the Lebanese Society of the Blind and Deaf, the Lebanese Evangelical ‎School for the Blind, Al-Hoda Society for social care, Al-Hadi Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Forum of the Handicapped ‎North Lebanon, Abu Jihad Al Wazir Foundation, and Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation.‎

 

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Award Ceremony of the 2015 National Reading Contest (UNESCO Palace, 23/04/2015)‎

In the framework of the National Reading Week and under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. ‎Raymond Araygi, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized for the second consecutive ‎year an award ceremony for the winners of the National Reading Contest, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at ‎the UNESCO Palace.‎
The ceremony was attended by a large number of cultural and social personalities, as well as several ‎members of the Lebanese national commission.‎

In her speech, the Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, Dr. Zahida ‎Darwiche Jabbour, expressed satisfaction that the award had reached a wide range of people, from ‎housewives, to elderly, to individuals without a university degree, and from various fields of work, stressing ‎that “our ambition is to have more and more participants every year, and for the award to become a ‎motivational factor for reading as well as for establishing book clubs”.‎

Jury member, Dr. Edgard Traboulsi, highlighted the benefits of reading amid these times of societal ‎degeneration, it terms of relaxation, peacefulness, wisdom, happiness of the mind and intellect, and clarity ‎of vision, as well as maturity, ethics and acceptance of others.‎

In his speech, Minister of Culture, Mr. Raymond Araygi praised the efforts of the Lebanese National Commission to promote and instill reading as ‎a habit in the minds of young people, wishing for the National Reading Award to further include institutions, ‎media and social networks and play its role as the key to knowledge and sustainable development”.  ‎

The winners of the national reading contest then received their awards from the Minister of Culture and the ‎jury members, Poet Antoine Sebaalani, the Secretary General Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Dr. Claudia ‎Abi Nader, Dr. Edgard Traboulsi and winners of last year’s edition Ms. Rindala Jabbour and Ms. Isabelle ‎Fakhoury.‎

The first-prize winners were Colette Boueiz (Arabic language), Elias Sayegh and Victoria Tabcharany ‎‎(English and French languages), second-prize Suzanne Aoun (Arabic language) and Salpy Degirmendjian ‎‎(English language), and third-prize ‎ Bayane Itani. ‎

 

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Award Ceremony of the 2015 Poster Competition “1001 nights of light” and Seminar on “Light-based ‎technologies and its applications in everyday life” (USJ, 17/04/2015)‎

Proclamée Année Internationale de la Lumière par l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies, 2015 commémore des ‎dates importantes dans l’histoire de la science dont le 1000ème anniversaire de la publication des grands travaux de Ibn al ‎Haytham dans le domaine de l’optique.‎
Afin de célébrer la contribution des savants arabes à l’optique à travers les siècles, la Faculté des Sciences de ‎l'Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth et la Commission Nationale Libanaise pour l'UNESCO ont organisé, en partenariat ‎avec le Groupe de travail international « Ibn Al Haytham » et avec le soutien de la société LABISE un concours de ‎meilleure affiche qui met en évidence les apports des savants arabes à l'optique et à la photonique.‎
Plus d’une cinquantaine d’élèves du cycle secondaire du réseau des écoles associées de l’UNESCO et du réseau des ‎écoles coopérant avec l’Université Saint-Joseph ont répondu à l’appel et ont préparé des affiches illustrant les travaux de ‎Ibn Sahl, Ibn Ishaq Al Kindi, Ibn Firnas, Ibn Al Haytham, Kamal ad-Din, Hassan Kamel al Sabbah, Ahmad Zewail, et ‎plusieurs autres savants arabes. ‎
Dr Marie Abboud Mehanna, professeure associée à la Faculté des sciences de l’Université Saint-Joseph, et Professeur ‎Azzedine Boudrioua de l’Université Paris 13 ont présidé le jury constitué d’experts scientifiques. L’évaluation des posters ‎a couvert plusieurs critères allant de la pertinence et la couverture du contenu en relation avec le thème du concours à ‎l’innovation et la créativité dans le concept.‎
La remise des prix aux trois établissements lauréats et des certificats de participation a eu lieu à l’Université Saint-‎Joseph le vendredi 17 avril 2015.‎
La cérémonie de remise des prix a débuté par des discours prononcés par Pr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secrétaire ‎Générale de la Commission Nationale Libanaise pour l’UNESCO, Pr. Toufic Rizk, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences de ‎l'Université Saint-Joseph, et Pr. Azzedine Boudrioua, coordinateur du groupe de travail international « Ibn al Haytham ». ‎Le premier prix, constitué d’une collection de matériel d’optique LEYBOLD permettant d’effectuer des expériences en ‎optique géométrique, en théorie des couleurs, en optique ondulatoire et en polarimétrie, a été remporté par l’école Al ‎Kawthar. Le Collège Sagesse Brasilia – section Saint Jean est arrivé en deuxième position sur le podium en ‎remportant un microscope MOTIC binoculaire avec 4 objectifs. Le troisième prix, comportant des diodes lasers ‎rouges, a été accordé au Collège des Sœurs des Saints-Cœurs Aïn Najm.‎
La remise des prix du concours « 1001 nuits de lumières » a été suivie par une table ronde animée par des chercheurs, ‎professeurs d’université, médecins et ingénieurs qui ont exposé les capacités de la lumière à apporter des solutions à ‎des défis contemporains tels que l'énergie, l'éducation, la communication, l'agriculture, l'industrie, la santé, et même la ‎culture.‎

 

1st Prize Al Kawthar 1er Prix

 

2nd PrizeCollège de la Sagesse -Section Saint Jean-Brasilia 2eme prix

 

 3rd Prize Collège des Soeurs des Saints Coeurs- Ain Najm 3eme Prix

 

 

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Tripoli Day in Baakline on the occasion of World Poetry Day (Baakline National Library, 20/03/2015)‎

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, H.E. Mr. Raymond Araygi, and on the occasion of the World Poetry Day, ‎the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized on Friday March 20, 2015 a cultural event et the Baakline ‎National Library entitled “Tripoli Day in Baakline”, in collaboration with the Forum of Poetry in Baakline and Baakline ‎National Library.‎
The event was attended by a number of social and cultural organizations, representatives of political figures, as well as ‎by the Director General of the Ministry of Culture M. Faysal Taleb – representing the Minister, Mr. Bassam Halawi ‎representing Emir Talal Arslan, Mr. Chawki Hamadeh representing Former Minister Mr. Marwan Hamadeh, Poet Georges ‎Chakour, and M. Khalil Hamadeh representing the Mayor of Baakline.‎ 

 

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Appointment of a new assembly for the Lebanese National Commission (25/02/2015)

The General Assembly, after its formation and in the presence of the Ministry of Culture Mr. Raymond ‎Araygi, held its first meeting at the LNCU headquarters, and elected Dr. Henri Awit as President, and Dr. ‎Moueen Hamze and Dr. Abbas al-Halabi Vice-Presidents, as well as the members of the executive bureau: ‎Dr. Claudia Abi Nader, Dr. Wissam Issa, Dr. Omar Nashabe and Dr. Wafaa Berry.‎

The four program committees were also formed as follow:‎
Education Committee: Dr. Antoine Sfeir, Dr. Thérèse El-Hachem, Mrs. Ilham Komaty, Mr. Fadi Yarak, ‎Mr. Antoine Sebaalani and Dr. Wafaa Berry.‎
Culture Committee: Dr. Claudia Abi Nader, Mr. Fayssal Taleb, Mr. Sarkis Khoury, Dr. Saleh Barakat,  Dr. ‎Ahmed El-Amine and Dr. Khaled Tadmori.‎
Science, Communication and Information Committee: Dr. Amale Habib, Dr. Moueen Hamze, Dr. Wafaa ‎Berry, Dr. Wissam Issa, Dr. Omar Nashabe and Ms. Mira Tueny.‎

 

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