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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)‎

 

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Second workshop for UNESCO ASPnet schools on Teacher professional competencies: The ‎‎“Whole-School Approach” (16-17/10/2015)‎

UNESCO Beirut Office organized in cooperation with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO the ‎second workshop for UNESCO ASPnet schools on “Teacher professional competencies: The Whole-‎School Approach challenge”, as a follow-up for the first workshop that was held in April 2013 in Al-Bustan ‎Hotel in Beit Meri.‎
Around 65 principals and teachers from ASPnet schools participated in the workshop, as well as ‎educational experts from the United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Romania, United Kingdom ‎and Lebanon. The opening session included speeches from the National Coordinateur of ASPnet Schools ‎and UNESCO Clubs Ms. Christiane Jeitani, representing the Secretary General of the Lebanese National ‎Commission, and from the Programme Specialist for Curriculum, Teachers and Higher Education at the ‎UNESCO Office Dr. Dakmara Georgescu. The workshop also included an introductory presentation of the ‎concept and practices of the “whole school approach” (benefits and challenges) by the International expert, ‎Mr. David Peck, and presentations from the following schools on their achievements and experiences in ‎implementing the Whole School Approach: Saint Georges School – Haret Hreik and Hadath, the Lebanese ‎Maronite Order, Al-Hadi Institute for Deaf and Blind, Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut, ‎Imam Al-Sadr Foundation – Tyre and Mostafa Shomran High School – Tyre; in addition to a Romanian ‎school.‎
Participants also contributed to a critical review of the Arabic and English versions of the draft WSA ‎Handbook in view of its finalization and publication.

 

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Youth Mobile Apps Project (LAU Beirut Campus, October - December 2015)‎

As part of the Youth Mobile initiative, UNESCO Office in Beirut and the Lebanese National Commission for ‎UNESCO organized in collaboration with the Lebanese American University a series of workshops for ‎teachers and secondary school students in an effort to integrate programming skills and computing thinking ‎concepts in the education system in Lebanon.‎
UNESCO’s Youth Mobile initiative is a new endeavor that targets engaging young women and men to ‎develop mobile applications, in a time when the number of smart phones is rising exceptionally in ‎developing countries. Realizing the major employment opportunities that are created by teaching students to ‎develop mobile applications, UNESCO and its partners strive to provide young people with the high-level ‎skills and confidence to develop, promote, and sell locally relevant mobile apps. Those apps, directly related ‎to everyday problems, are intended to solve local issues of sustainable development, and provide ‎employment.

Workshop in the framework of the Drawing competition #Unite4Heritage (UNESCO Office, ‎‎30/09/2015)‎

In the framework of UNESCO's 70th anniversary celebrations, and the drawing competition #Unite4‎Heritage – a global campaign launched by UNESCO Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, the Lebanese ‎National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Beirut, organized a ‎workshop for a number of teachers from UNESCO associated schools, and from different regions of ‎Lebanon, on Wednesday September 30, 2015 at UNESCO Office in Beirut. ‎
After the Lebanese national anthem, Culture Programme Officer at UNESCO Office in Beirut Mr. Joseph ‎Kreidi welcomed the participants as he further explained about the significance of the #Unite4Heritage ‎initiative as a global campaign launched by the Director General with the aim to protect heritage in the face ‎of extremists on the one hand, and to the UNESCO conventions that are in place, and the different aspects through which they ‎ensure the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage on the other. ‎
Ms. Christiane Jeitani, National coordinator of ASPnet schools and UNESCO Clubs, praised the teachers' ‎participation, highlighting their role in promoting awareness among young people on the importance of ‎heritage preservation and protection. ‎
Following the opening speeches, Dr. Jean Yasmine, expert in the restoration of monuments and cultural ‎sites, presented an interactive lecture about UNESCO Convention for the protection of intangible cultural ‎heritage, and UNESCO #Unite4heritage global campaign. ‎
On the other hand, Artist-Painter Joseph Hnein gave a presentation about fine arts, and on how to translate ‎the slogan of the global campaign into drawings. ‎
An exhibition of the final selected drawings will be organized, and the best 12 drawings will be featured in ‎the LNCU 2016 calendar. ‎

 

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