Reforming Citizenship Education in Lebanon

Project Launch Invitation 26 September 2012

Under the Patronage of His Excellency Professor Hassan Diab
Minister of Education and Higher Education
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Has the pleasure to invite you to the launching of

The Citizenship Education Project

Funded by the European Union

On Wednesday September 26th, at 10:00am
at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education 12th floor – UNESCO, Beirut

The reform plan seeks to establish an enabling learning environment that fosters active citizenship behaviors among students and increase participation in governance.  The plan is funded by the European Union (EU).

Responsibility for the project has been awarded to the Institute of Education University of London, UK (Principal Investigator: Professor Hugh Starkey) in a consortium with three partners, namely: Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) (PI Dr Maha Shuayb); Lebanese Association for Education Studies (LAES) (PI Dr Bassel Akar); Association of Citizenship Teachers (ACT), (PI Chris Waller).

9:00 – 10.30

  • Welcome note by Fadi Yarak / Nada Mneimneh 
  • Welcome not by European Delegation
  • Minister of Education and Higher Education
  • Welcome note in English (IOE)

10.30 Coffee and press conference with minister

Historical thinking: An approach for teaching history in conflict areas:
Lessons from the Greek Cypriot -Turkish Cypriot experience

20 October 2012
College Hall, Auditorium B
American University of Beirut

Time: 8.30am – 2.30pm

The Centre for Lebanese Studies, at St Antony’s College, Oxford University and the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, cordially invite you to attend a workshop on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot experience in adopting a Historical Thinking approach to learning and teaching history in a context of conflicting and controversial historical narratives. The workshop also aims to examine Historical Thinking as an approach for the learning and teaching of history in Lebanon, a post-conflict community with multiple narratives.

Historical Thinking, like scientific thinking in science instruction, is central to history instruction and that students should become more competent as historical thinkers. By thinking historically, one can critically discuss with others about causes and consequences, change and continuity, interpretation, significance, differences and similarities and chronological understanding of historical incident. The workshop will explore the following questions: how can we, as educators, transform our history education classrooms to encourage students to think historically? What challenges do we face and how can we address them?

Attendance is free and places are limited.
To register, please contact the following number 01-744222 or send the attached registration card to the email address; before 15th of October 2012.

Registration forms:

PDF Arabic 
DOC Arabic

PDF English
DOC English

Dinner Lecture: H.E. Ambassador Tom Fletcher



Our guest of honour will be Ambassador Tom Fletcher, who is currently serving as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Lebanon. He will share his insights on the current situation in Lebanon, and offer his perspective on the conflict in Syria and the risks of spill-over into Lebanon.

Ambassador Fletcher arrived in Lebanon in August 2011. Prior to his appointment, Mr Fletcher served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010. From 2007-2010, he served as Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Security and Development to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. From 2004-2007, he was head of International Policy at the British Embassy in Paris. Mr Fletcher was awarded the Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2011 New Year Honours, for services to the Prime Minister. He is a graduate of Oxford University, and an Associate Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

The dinner will be held in the Chelsea Rooms of the Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1W 8BS, Tel: 0207-7309131.

The cost will be £50.- per person and must be purchased in advance by contacting Leila Buheiry at 142 North End House, Fitzjames Avenue, London W14 ORZ, Tel: 020-7602 9512, Mobile: 07798-700265 e.mail As confirmation of numbers relies on either payment for the event in advance or reservation by e.mail/phone, no shows on the day will be liable for payment. Monies paid for the evening cannot be refunded should you be unable to attend on the day.