- 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)
In the framework of her official visit to Lebanon, the Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova, and the Minister of Culture H.E. Mr. Raymond Araygi took part in a cultural event at the National Museum, to formally launch the #unite4heritage campaign, with the participation of students from associated schools, who were invited to ask the Director General questions.
The campaign was launched by UNESCO with the objective of using the power of social media to build support and encourage young Lebanese people to actively participate in raising awareness and protection of diversity and cultural heritage threatened by sectarian discourse and extreme violence.
Winners of the playwriting competition were honored on Thursday March 26 with an awards ceremony organized on the occasion of the World Theatre Day at the UNESCO Palace by the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and the Arab Cultural Club.
The winners were:
First Prize (500$): “The Conscience Play” by Jad Mohammad Majed from Dr. Hassan Saab Mixed Public High School.
Second Prize (300$): “If tomorrow ever spoke” by Nour Youssef Mostafa from Saint Georges School - Haret Hreik and Hadath.
Third Prize (200$): “Karina” by Zahraa Nidal Amine from Imam Sadr Foundation - Tyre.
The ceremony included speeches from the President of the Arab Cultural Club Mr. Samih Al-Baba, the Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour and from Jury member Dr. Ghazy Kahwaji.
26 students from the following 12 public and private ASPnet schools had participated in the playwriting competition: Dr. Hassan Saab Mixed Public High School, Al-Kawthar Secondary School, Imam Sadr Foundation – Tyre, College of the Young Girl of Lebanon – Beit Hebbak, Montana International College, Antonine International School – Ajaltoun, Zahrat El-Ihsan School, Al-Hadi Institute for Deaf and Blind, Zahia Kaddoura Public High School for Girls, Rawdah High School, Saint Georges School - Haret Hreik and Hadath, Mostafa Shomran High School – Saida.
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.
The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized, in collaboration with Tala Establishment, a training workshop for associated schools’ principals and teachers, conducted by Dr. Najla Bashour, on the children books: A ride across Lebanon with Nadim and Rana.
The workshop aimed at introducing the participants with the educational children series “Nadim and Rana” that focus on strengthening students’ sense of belonging through a ride in Lebanon and the description of the different Lebanese regions.
36 students from 14 public and private high schools participated in the creative poetry contest, that was launched by the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and the Arab Cultural Club, to encourage students from high schools to write poetry. The jury consisted of the Poet Mohammad Chamseddine, Poet and Journalist Lameh Al-Hurr, Prof. Nabil Ayoub, and Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour.
An award ceremony was organized at the Biel exhibition center, during the Beirut 57th Annual International Arab Book Fair, where money prizes were distributed to the three winners: Ali Mohammad Hijazi and Batoul Adnan Dheini from Mohammad Saad High School, and Amani Afif Banout from Bilal Fahs High School, as well as Certificates of appreciation to the 4th and 5th place winners, and to the winning schools principals. Also, participant certificates were distributed to all the participating schools and students: Dr. Hassan Saab Mixed Public High School; Zahia Kaddoura Public High School for Girls; Palace of Modern Culture – Burj Abi Haidar; Al-Hadi Institution for Deaf and Blind (Al Nour School for the Blind); Al-Kawthar Secondary School; Al Murabi Fadl Al Moukaddam Public High School for Girls – Tripoli; Rawdat Al Fayhaa High School – Tripoli; Rafic Hariri High School – Saida; Imam Al-Sadr Foundation – Tyre; Mostafa Shomran High School – Saida; Collège Saint-Antoine – Hammana; Collège Oriental Basilien – Zahle.
- Seminar on "Role of Youth in the face of contemporary challenges and the promotion of UNESCO's values and objectives" (Collège Oriental Basilien - Zahle, 27/11/2013)
- Workshops on Tyre World Heritage Site (Rest House Hotel – Tyre, 1-2/11/2013)
- Workshops on the preservation of Qadisha Valley: a site registered on the World Heritage List (Seat of the Maronite Patriarchate - Diman, 18-19/10/2013)
- Closing Ceremony of the Project "Promoting the Culture of Living Together among Youth in Tripoli" (Safadi Cultural Center – Tripoli – Maarad, 20/09/2013)