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Arabic Calligraphy Workshop (UNESCO Palace, 12-13/12/2014)‎

On the occasion of the World Arabic Language Day, observed annually on December 18, and with Arabic calligraphy ‎chosen as the year 2014 theme, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a workshop on ‎December 12-13, 2014 at the UNESCO Palace for primary school teachers animated by the calligraphic Mr. Ali Assi, ‎on the rules and composition of typographic layouts.‎

20 teachers from the following ASPnet schools participated in the workshop: Saint Georges School – Bsalim, Saint ‎Anthony’s College – Hammana, Modern Institute of Lebanon – Fanar, College of the Young Girl of Lebanon ‎Missionary Sisters of the Holy Sacrement Beit – Hebbak, Saint Roch College – Kleiat, Rafic Hariri High School – ‎Saida, Mostafa Shomran High School – Saida, Imam Al-Sadr Foundation, Palace of Modern Culture – Burj Abi ‎Haidar, Manara Intermediate Public School for Girls,  Al-Hadi Institution, Al-Kawthar Secondary School, Rawdah High ‎School, Saint Georges School – Achache, Azm School – Tripoli.‎

 

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Arabic Language in higher education in the Arab world (Le Commodore Hotel – Hamra, 9-10/12/2014)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized in cooperation with the Arab Center for Arabization, ‎Translation, Authorship and Publication in Damascus (ACATAP), a regional workshop on “the Arabic language in ‎higher education in the Arab world”, on December 9-10, 2014 at Le Commodore Hotel – Hamra.‎
Experts from Syria, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon, discussed the ‎impact of teaching the Arabic language on comprehensive development, the importance of translation especially in ‎the field of science, and the fate of the Arabic language in higher education in the Arab world.‎

In the course of the discussions, recommendations were made among which:‎
‎- Calling upon the Arab countries to support the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science's efforts to ‎achieve the advancement of the project in the Arabic language and the Arabization of higher education.‎
‎- Encouraging the translation to and from Arabic, especially in the field of modern science.‎
‎- Calling upon the Arab universities to relate scientific research to the needs of society.‎
‎- Developing methods of teaching Arabic language in Arab universities and the use of modern technologies.‎

 

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Philosophy in secondary school curriculum: Reality and challenges (UNESCO Palace, 17/11/2014)‎

On the occasion of the World Philosophy Day, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a ‎seminar on “Philosophy in secondary school curricula: Reality and challenges”, which aimed, with the participation of ‎philosophy professors Dr. Afif Osman, Dr. Mohamad Chayya and Dr. Nayla Abi Nader, at answering the following ‎question: to what extent has philosophy managed to awaken students’ critical thinking and eliminate prejudices, ‎stereotypes and preconceived ideas amidst the rise of radicalism and violence?‎

The seminar provided an opportunity to discuss the need to review the curricula, to provide a better training for ‎teachers in order for them to explain philosophy through dialogue, sharing ideas and methodical reasoning, to rethink ‎the examination system, as well as the importance of the language in which philosophy is being taught (it was ‎shown that students were more likely to understand and acquire the concepts when they were taught in Arabic ‎instead of in foreign languages).‎

 

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Conference on “Knowledge Economy” (Presidency of the Lebanese University, 22/10/2014)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and ‎Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organized a conference on “Knowledge Economy” at the Lebanese University. ‎
The conference opened with speeches by Dr. Wafa Berry, representing the Secretary General of the Lebanese ‎National Commission for UNESCO, by the expert at ISESCO Regional Office in Sharjah Dr. Abdelaziz Al-Jabouri, ‎and by the President of the Lebanese University Dr. Adnan Sayyed Hussein.‎


A presentation by Dr. Al-Jabouri on the ISESCO’s efforts in developing knowledge economies in the Islamic world, ‎was followed by a round table, moderated by the Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research ‎‎(CNRS) Dr. Mouin Hamze  and with the participation of: ‎


‎- Dr. Fawaz El-Omar, Dean of the Doctoral School of Science and Technology at the Lebanese University
‎- Dr. Hassan Charif, Scientific consultant at CNRS
‎- Dr. Thérèse El-Hachem, Dean of the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University
‎- Dr. Nicolas Rouhana, Director at Berytech – Saint Joseph University
‎- Mr. Ramzi El-Hafez, General Manager of InfoPro

 

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Arab Experts’ Meeting to discuss ALECSO document about the training program on developing Arabic ‎language curricula (Le Commodore Hotel, 1-4/09/2014)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with the Arab League Educational, Cultural ‎and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), organized a meeting for Arab experts to discuss the document ‎prepared by ALECSO around the training program on developing Arabic language curricula, from September 1 ‎till 4, 2014 at Le Commodore Hotel – Hamra.‎

A group of experts in Arabic language, coming from Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Sudan and ‎Lebanon took part in the discussion on the theoretical foundations for developing Arabic language programs and ‎curricula, stressing the importance of the ALECSO document and the need for adopting it as a reference tool ‎for training the designers of Arabic language curricula.‎

In the course of discussion, the following recommendations were made:‎

‎-‎ Urge ALECSO and the working group to introduce the agreed upon modifications into the document, in ‎order to use it as a reference tool in the Arab countries
‎-‎ Urge ALECSO to develop an action plan for the document, which is a reference tool for training the ‎designers of Arabic language curricula
‎-‎ Translate the Common European Framework of References for languages (CEFR) into Arabic.

 

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Training workshop for youth workers in the field of volunteerism in the Islamic world (Le ‎Commodore Hotel, 24-26/06/2014)‎

The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and ‎Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organized a regional training workshop for youth leaders on volunteering work ‎in the Islamic world, from June 24 till 26, 2014, at Le Commodore Hotel – Hamra.‎

The workshop was attended by youth workers in the field of volunteerism and philanthropy from the following ‎Arab countries: Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Kuwait, Tunisia, Qatar, Algeria and Lebanon; and falls within the ‎framework of ISESCO’s action plan, and its conviction that youth are the backbone of any development of ‎nation, and they are the pillars of progress and future for tomorrow. ‎

In the course of the discussions, recommendations were made among ‎which:‎

‎-‎ Dedicate one week for the Arab volunteering work
‎-‎ Launch the year 2016 as the Arabic Year for Volunteering Work
‎-‎ Integrate Volunteerism as a concept and culture in the educational curricula so that its principles, theories ‎and practices can be taught in schools.‎

 

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