The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a closing ceremony for the project “Reading with the eyes and fingertips”, which aimed at shedding the light on the importance of social integration through the “reading in braille” project addressed to a number of students with visual impairment, as well as encouraging reading in students with visual impairment, and developing their linguistic abilities, critical thinking and analytical skills.
During the closing ceremony, the students competed in reading excerpts from Emily Nasrallah’s novel “Birds of September” that was published in Braille.
In her speech following the national anthem, the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour emphasized on the importance of this project, which comes in line with the educational and cultural objectives of UNESCO in general, and of the Lebanese National Commission in particular, notably when it comes to social integration.
Director General of Education, Mr. Fadi Yarak praised the efforts of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and of the coordinator of the project Ms. Elham Komaty, who later explained that the objectives of the project stemmed from the need to support and assist the institutions, and to instill the love for reading in those with visual impairment.
Journalist Nasser Ballout, who suffers from visual impairments, noted that a lot of public institutions fail in supporting and assisting those with visual impairments.
Winners of the competition were:
- First prize: Fatima Younis from Al-Hadi Institute for deaf, blind and learning disabilities
- Second prize: Rafka Rizk from the Lebanese School for blind and deaf – Baabda
- Third prize: Mostafa Habib Ali from Al Huda Foundation
In the framework of the National Reading Week and under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, represented by the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized for the third consecutive year an award ceremony for the winners of the National Reading Contest, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the LNCU premises.
The Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, welcomed the participants before reading the Minister of Culture’s speech, in which he praised this award as a beautiful experience for readers taking them into an exciting journey through the pages of books.
Jury member, Dr. Edgard Traboulsi, highlighted the benefits of reading amid these times of societal degeneration.
The winners of the national reading contest then received their awards from the Secretary General and jury members, Poet Antoine Sebaalani, Dr. Claudia Abi Nader, Dr. Amale Habib, Dr. Edgard Traboulsi and winners of last year’s edition Ms. Colette Boueiz.
The first-prize winner was Josephine Iskandar, second-prize Safaa Taleb, and third-prize Fatima Bazzal.
Workshop for Bcharre and Zgharta schools and Award ceremony of the best brochure and best drawing competition on “Qadisha Valley, site inscribed on the World Heritage List” (Maronite Patriarchal Seat in Diman, 5/5/2016)
Under the patronage of Bishop Maroun al-Ammar, Patriarchal Vicar General for Jebbe-Bcharre area, the Lebanese National Commission and the UNESCO Beirut Office organized a workshop for public and private schools located in Bcharre and Zgharta districts, to raise awareness about Qadisha Valley, as a natural and spiritual site inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1998.
Held on Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Maronite Patriarchate Seat in Diman, the workshop gathered 40 students and 22 school principals and teachers from private and public schools in Bcharre and Zgharta, in addition to Sister Angel al-Msan, Head of Qannoubine monastery, and Father Khalil Arab, from the Patriarchy of Jebbe.
The Lebanese national anthem, was followed by welcome speeches from Bishop Maroun Al-Ammar, representing Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, Eng. Joseph Kreidi, Culture Programme Officer – UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut, and Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
This workshop was facilitated by engineer Jean Yasmin, a professor at the Lebanese University and expert in monuments’ restoration. Professor Yasmin introduced the concept of world cultural heritage using the Qadisha Valley as a model. Ms. Samar Karam, Director of archaeological sites in Northern Lebanon at the Directorate General of Antiquities, also explained about the roads and paths in the Valley and entry requirements.
Awards were distributed to the winners of the ceremony of the best brochure and best drawing competition on “Qadisha Valley, site inscribed on the World Heritage List”.
The Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), organized a conference entitled “The involvement of women in the world”, given by Mrs. Carole Andre-Dessornes, Doctor in Sociology at the Catholic Institute of Paris, Associate Member of Cadis-EHESS and Geopolitics Consultant.
The conference was attended by the Secretary General, Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities Prof. Hoda Nehme, the Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Mirna Abboud Mzawak, and representatives of non-governmental institutions and civil society organizations, as well as university professors and students, and aimed at highlighting the role of women, with the participation of men, in building a social project that respects human dignity and active citizenship.
Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, and on the occasion of the World Arabic Language Day, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized in cooperation with Beirut City Lions Club a seminar on “The Arabic Language: Challenges in the Modern World”, with the participation of linguistics, academics specialized in Arabic language and its programs in schools and universities.
The opening session included speeches from the President of Beirut City Lions Club Mr. Wajih Akkari, the Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, Lions Governor of the Region Mourched Hajj Chahine, and the Director General of the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Fayssal Taleb, representing the Minister.
Following the opening statements, Mr. Rachid Jalekh moderated the seminar, while Dr. Bilal El-Hadi discussed the status of Arabic Language in the cyberspace, and Dr, Haitham Al-Nahi discussed translation from and into Arabic. Mr. Hanna Abou Habib and Dr. Rafif Sidawi both presented respectively initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Culture and the Arab Thought Foundation.
Under the patronage of His Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut organized in cooperation with the Lebanese National Commission a seminar for the adoption of the Action Plan for the World Heritage Site of Qadisha Valley, in the presence of the Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, MPs Mrs. Setrida Geagea and Mr. Elie Keyrouz, as well as mayors and senior officals from Becharré and Zgharta municipalities.
The seminar represented a main platform during which all relevant stakeholders discussed the key issues raised in the UNESCO Action Plan to manage the World Heritage site of Qadisha Valley.
Following the opening statements, technical experts from UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture, and from the Valley, made a series of presentations explaining the newly endorsed management plan, as well as the valley features, including the different roads and entrances; Existing infrastructure; Heritage inventory; Natural disasters management plan; and organizing the entrance to the valley.
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- Baakline Day in Tripoli on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (Azm Cultural Center, 19/09/2015)
- Launching of the project on UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and training for students in the Lebanese folk poetry “Al-Zajal” (Septembre – December 2015)