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Annual Meeting for UNESCO associated schools’ principals and coordinators ‎‎(UNESCO Palace, 24/03/2015)‎

The Lebanese National Commission organized an annual meeting for the principals and coordinators of ‎UNESCO associated schools on March 24, 2015 at the UNESCO Palace with the participation ‎of 55 principals and coordinators representing 40 associated educational institutions.‎
The aim was to the ASPnet Strategy 2014-2021, and its two main components: Global ‎citizenship education and Education for sustainable development.‎
After a welcome speech by the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, in which ‎she stressed the importance of cooperation between the associated schools from different ‎educational, cultural, and demographic backgrounds, on joint projects in order to let the ‎students get to know each other and strengthen their sense of citizenship and belonging to ‎one country; the National Coordinator of ASPnet Schools, Ms. Christiane Jeitani, presented ‎the priorities and areas of work, as well as the new ASPnet strategy 2014-2021, and the most ‎prominent activities organized by the Lebanese network on a national and international levels. ‎
Mrs. Tanya Awad Ghorra and Mrs. Nour Hassan from the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights ‎‎(LACR) introduced the concept of citizenship, emphasizing the importance of building a society ‎free from sectarianism and clientelism, as well as the importance of developing students’ ‎critical sense and teaching them to respect the right of difference. ‎
As for Mrs. Samira Baghdadi, General Manager of the Safadi Foundation and former director ‎of the Social Development Sector, she presented the concept of sustainable development, ‎noting that education for sustainable development entails a fundamental change in the way ‎people think and act, and consequently a transition to sustainable livelihoods, and stressing ‎that this concept should be included in the curriculum as well as in extra-curricular activities.‎
During the final session of the meeting, participants were divided into two working groups: ‎education for sustainable development and global citizenship education and respect of the ‎right of difference. ‎