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Annual Meeting for the principals and coordinators of UNESCO associated schools (17/10/2012)

The National Commission organized an annual meeting for the principals and coordinators of UNESCO associated schools at 2pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the UNESCO Palace with the participation of 44 principals and coordinators representing 36 associated educational institutions.

The aim was to discuss the calendar of activities to be organized during the academic year 2012-2013, and deliberate on how to promote common activities between associated schools, as well as to examine different suggestions regarding the celebration of the 60th anniversary of UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network and the 65th anniversary of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.

During the final session of the meeting, participants were introduced to the youth policy in Lebanon by Ms. Rania Sabaayon – executive director of Massar Association and executive secretary of the Youth Forum on Youth Policy.

 

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Youth Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development (Convent of Saydet Al Bir, 18-22/04/2012)

In the framework of the International Year launched in 2010 for the Rapprochement of Cultures, and the UN Decade of Education for sustainable development 2005-2014, and  in an attempt to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, cooperation and intercultural exchanges among nations and cultures,
the Lebanese National Commission for Unesco, under the Patronage of H.E. Minister of Education and Higher Education, Prof. Hassan Diab, organized a three-day workshop, gathering ASPnet national coordinators, school teachers and students from six different countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman), after twinning projects were established between them on the following projects : Cultural Diversity (Denmark-Lebanon), Environmental issues and actions : reforestation (France-Lebanon), "Global Thinking – Local acting” – a dialogue between students and senior citizens; Making Illiteracy History (Denmark-Lebanon), Water Management: Collecting rain water; The Gray Water Project-from a water conservation mission to a sustainable eco-village (Jordan –Lebanon), Heritage: Customs and Traditions (Oman-Lebanon).

 

Objectives:
- Creating a space for meeting and interaction for a group of young people, coming from different cultural backgrounds;
- Introducing the concepts of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development to teachers and students, providing them with the required skills to deal with differences and identify commonalities and shared values;
- Promoting reciprocal knowledge of cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity;
- Fostering dialogue for sustainable peace and development in as much as international cohesion and mutual understanding;
- Developing new attitudes and life-long commitment to dialogue;
- Coming up with activities that could serve as a reference for intercultural dialogue between participating schools;
- Establishing twinning between ten schools from six different countries;
- Developing cooperation between ASPnet coordinators from the six participating countries.

 

Participating Schools:
- Gefion Gymnasium (Denmark)
- Collège Jules Vallès (France)
- Christianischule Lüneburg (Germany)
- Al Hussein Secondary School for boys (Jordan)
- The Sultans School (Oman)
- Institution Al Afaq for Development - Imam Sadr Foundation Tyre – (South Lebanon)
- Al-Kawthar Secondary School –Beirut (Lebanon)
- Antonine International School –Ajaltoun (Mount-Lebanon)
- Montana International College-Deek El Mehdi (Mount-Lebanon)
- Rawdat Al Fayhaa Secondary School –Tripoli (North-Lebanon)

 

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Workshops around the publication “Cultural Aspects of Christianity and Islam” (Mount Lebanon, 15/06/2011); (Bekaa, 27/10/2011); (North Lebanon, 03/11/2011); (Nabatieh, 10/11/2011); (South Lebanon, 15/11/2011); (Beirut, 24/11/2011)

The workshops were co-organized by the Lebanese National Commission and Unesco Beirut Office and catered for a group of teachers representing a number of public and private schools, as well as educational agglomerates. The workshops aimed at introducing the concepts and information tackled by the publication, also at encouraging teachers to use the publication as a reference in their school work, in order to raise students’ awareness regarding religious and cultural diversity in Lebanon.

 

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Launching a School and Library Guide on Human Rights (Unesco Beirut Office, 15/09/2011)

The launching event was organized by the Lebanese National Commission, and the Unesco Beirut Office, in cooperation with Amnesty International – Beirut, and Asala for Publishing and Distribution, to conclude two training sessions held earlier in favor of school librarians and teachers, with the objective of raising awareness on Human Rights. Representatives of the organizing parties gave short speeches on the occasion, while the expert of the project Ms. Sana Harakeh introduced the school and library guide and the tools to be put in use.