- UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration: Associated Schools Festival (UNESCO Palace, 11/12/2015)
- Second workshop for UNESCO ASPnet schools on Teacher professional competencies: The “Whole-School Approach” (16-17/10/2015)
- Conference on “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” and Award Ceremony on “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: A Message from Lebanon to the World” (UNESCO Office, 20/10/2015)
- Workshop in the framework of the Drawing competition #Unite4Heritage (UNESCO Office, 30/09/2015)
- Youth Mobile Apps Project (LAU Beirut Campus, October - December 2015)
- Annual Meeting for UNESCO associated schools’ principals and coordinators (UNESCO Palace, 24/03/2015)
Conference on “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” and Award Ceremony on “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: A Message from Lebanon to the World” (UNESCO Office, 20/10/2015)
The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut organized a conference on “Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, in the framework of “Dialogue/ Hawer” programme, followed by an award ceremony for the winners of the national competition on “Cultural diversity for dialogue and development: a Message from Lebanon to the world”.
After the national anthem, Dr. Hegazi Idris, representing the Director of UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut Dr. Hamed Al Hammami, defined Beirut as the city of diversity, dialogue and values, emphasizing on the importance of this experience to all students in learning the cultural values of dialogue, in a practical rather than theoretical way.
In her speech, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour considered diversity as an inherent trait to the world around us. Diversity means difference, and difference doesn’t have to be a source of dispute. Instead, it is a key factor for interaction among the youth, which contributes to the development of societies.
In his lecture entitled “Cultural diversity for Dialogue and Development”, the Senior Adviser for the UNESCO program on dialogue and peace in the Arab region, former minister Dr. Selim El-Sayegh, noted that respect for diversity is to respect the right to be different, which is a necessity in our Lebanese society. Lebanon represents cultural diversity.
Novelist Nermin Khansa, and chairwoman of the Cultural Committee of the Arab Cultural Club, concluded with her speech as jury member, followed by the announcement of the winners and the distribution of prizes:
Short Story Category – Schools
1st Prize: Manar Sharbaji from Dr.Hikmat Sabbagh Public High School For Girls (Yomna El Eid) – Saida
2nd Prize: Ghida Mezher from Ecole Carmel Saint-Joseph – Mechref
3rd Prize: Batoul Sharbaji from Dr.Hikmat Sabbagh Public High School For Girls (Yomna El Eid) – Saida
Drawing Category – Schools
1st Prize: Zahraa Zaraket from Al-Hadi Institute for Deaf and Blind – Beirut
2nd Prize: Karim Mofarrej from Ecole du Saint Enfant Jésus des Soeurs de la Charité – Besançon – Baabdath
3rd Prize: Sara Hussein Jaber from Imam Al-Sadr Foundation – Tyre
Poster Category – Universities
1st Prize: Hassan Abdallah and Mohammad Issa from University of Sciences & Arts in Lebanon (USAL)