Citizenship and Social Change in Lebanon and the Arab World

Event Details

Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 9am – 3:30pm
Dahrendorf room, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford

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Workshop Programme


Newsletter 2016

Strengthening Teacher Education In Plualingual Society ( STEPS) 2016

The study is an assessment of a training programme initiated by the British Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education ( MEHE). The overall objective of the programme was to improve Syrian students’ learning experience of foreign language in Lebanese public schools in cycle 1.

The findings revealed that the STEPS training programme had a positive impact on the extent to which teachers engaged with the children’s identities, contribute to their sense of security, and aid their process of adaptation. STEPS training also helped many Guidance Counsellors (DOPs) shift their focus to the students’ level of comfort and engagement when mentoring teachers of cycle 1 students. Prior to STEPS, in their mentoring of teachers, DOPs used to focus mostly the textbook material covered rather than the students’ engagement.

Healing the Wounds of History Training: Module II

The HWH program has been developed to help to heal the deeper roots of violence.

The HWH training is concerned with unearthing these deeply rooted identities so that we can begin to reframe/rethink the “self”, humanize the other and improve relationships. To develop capacities at the individual level, helps collective action and peace-building efforts at the group level. This important work then actively supports political, social, economic, and civil endeavours.

The intention is to offer training to teachers, trainers and NGO workers. It is an opportunity to learn change processes by having a direct, personal experience. Beyond this it is hoped that the tools taught will be disseminated as widely as possible in the spirit of healing, reconciliation and forgiveness.
The material taught will be experiential and replicable. We shall share and teach tools from a wide range of wisdom traditions: including the world of personal development, the human potential movement and other sources. These tools help to take their users through an effective change process: from awareness to expression to forgiveness and finally to new behaviour.

The HWH training workshop will by given by Mathew Pruen and Alexandra Asseily.

It is hoped that those who attend and learn from this training will also be those who take it further into the World and will be able to train and inspire others.

A contribution of $300, Concessions will be considered.
We look forward being together on this journey.

Centre for Lebanese Studies

Centre for Lebanese Studies lecture on the Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon – 23rd May 2016

The Centre for Lebanese Studies (“CLS”) is pleased to invite you to a talk by Dr Katharine Jones, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, author of the recent report “Struggling to survive: Slavery and exploitation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon’’, supported by the Freedom Fund.  The talk, to be followed by a question and answer session, will be moderated by Lina Tayara,  an expert on the region with over 20 years of experience in media, communications and commercial investigations.  The event will take place at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, 43 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1Y at 19h00 pm.  Refreshments will be served at 18h30pm.

The event will provide an opportunity to hear the findings of the research, the researchers’ recommendations to safeguard those vulnerable to exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, and to debate a sensible and practical set of recommendations for the Lebanese government and the international community, in order to help deal with a Syrian refugee crisis inside the country of immense proportions, including over 400,000 children.  The research concludes that a vast majority of Syrian refugee children, and virtually all children in the Bekaa, are put to work, many of them too young and in hazardous conditions, and for little pay.   Child marriage is also prevalent, with sexual exploitation and forced labour among the adult refugee population also ranging from common to endemic.  Restrictive conditions on residence and work in Lebanon compound the problem.  The report draws on interviews with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, representatives from Lebanese NGO’s, International NGO’s, UN bodies and Lebanese government officials conducted during January and February 2016. 

Educated at the universities of Newcastle and Manchester, Dr Jones has more than 16 years experience of conducting migration-related research in a wide range of institutional settings, and is widely recognized a leading expert on labour migration and migration intermediaries.  She joined Coventry University in April 2015 and is a Senior Research fellow in the Migration, Displacement and Belonging Research group.  Lina Tayara has held a number of senior positions at satellite broadcaster MBC, Qatar Airways and the Middle East department of Kroll, the risk management multinational group, in both London and Beirut.  She brings her expertise in complex corporate and political environments to the humanitarian and development sectors, with a particular focus on Arab women issues.

CLS Academic Visitor At St Antony’s (2016-2017)

The Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) is offering support for applications to be an Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Those wishing to apply for support should be scholars of Lebanon with an established record of academic excellence, normally holding the Ph.D. or equivalent. Current students are not eligible to apply. Such scholars should be engaged in research in either the humanities or social sciences, on a topic of relevance to modern Lebanon (19th century to present day) and must demonstrate sufficient command of English to take full advantage of and contribute to the academic life of Oxford University.

Academic Visitors are members of St Antony’s College for the duration of their affiliation. The CLS offers to fund the fee for membership of St Antony’s College for the academic year 2016-2017, in addition to eight High Table dinners at St Antony’s per term. The academic visitorship does not provide a stipend or maintenance. The person appointed would need to meet their own expenses. 

The CLS expects applicants it supports to promote knowledge, and scholarship on Lebanon through individual research and public lectures. The Academic Visitor supported by the CLS would normally organize a workshop or conference related to the subject of their research in the course of their affiliation, in cooperation with the Middle East Centre and the Centre for Lebanese Studies. The person appointed may be asked to assist in limited supervision of masters and doctoral students working on Lebanon.

How to Develop Historical Thinking: National Expansion Program, June 2015-September 2016

The Centre for Lebanese Studies in collaboration with the Lebanese Association for History organized a training program entitled “How to Develop Historical Thinking”. The program represented a second phase of “Developing History Teachers Capacity to Foster Historical Thinking”, a project implemented in 2014 – 2015.  The program was funded by the Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands. The program started in June 2015 and ends in September 2016.

This training program aimed at:

  1. Shifting history education from didactic approaches of memorizing a single narrative to disciplinary approaches to historical thinking
  2. Generating interest in disciplinary approaches.
  3. Encouraging teachers to explore classroom management techniques that help build democratic classrooms where students engage in constructive and critical dialogues.

The workshops focused on three concepts: causation, Change and continuity and historical evidence. They were facilitated by members of Lebanese Association for History: Maha Shuayb, Nayla Hamadeh, Bassel Akar, Jihan Francis, Amira Hariri and Khaled Al Masri.

The workshops covered three regions in Lebanon: Baakleen in Mount Lebanon, Kfar Jouz in the south and Tripoli in the north.

115 teachers participated in the workshops

Teacher Education in Lebanon and South Africa: Current Approaches and Challenges

The Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) in collaboration with the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the Centre for International Teacher Education in South Africa (CITE)

 cordially invites to an open seminar 

Teacher Education in Lebanon and South Africa: Current Approaches and Challenges

1st of October 2015

Lebanese American University, Beirut
Irwin Hall Auditorium
8.30 am to 1.30 pm 

Event is English. Unfortunately simultaneous translation is UNAVAILABLE. 

Registration at 8am
For registration please send an email to
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Developing Teachers Capacity to Foster Historical Thinking Project

November 2014 – September 2015

Within its commitment to support history teachers in Lebanon, the Center for Lebanese Studies, the Lebanese Association for History, Notre-Dame University-Louaize, and Forum for Civil Peace ZFD, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands organized an intensive training program that introduced a disciplinary approach to history pedagogy in Lebanon.

The project “Developing Teachers Capacity to Foster Historical Thinking Project” offered an opportunity for a group of history teachers to benefit from an exhaustive training program where they learned new theories and pedagogies for teaching history. Throughout the project, participants were engaged in a series of workshops and mentoring sessions to help them refocus their teaching on historical thinking. Through six two-day workshops, they were exposed to active learning strategies, the use of a multitude of resources, strategies to build democratic classrooms and to processes of rigorous enquiry and debate about the meanings of the past.

The training modules were facilitated by two renowned experts in the field, Arthur Chapman from the Institute of Education, University of London and Christine Counsell from the University of Cambridge who worked closely with experts from the Lebanese Association for History (LAH), Bassel Akar, Maha Shuayb and Nayla Hamadeh. The project also aimed at developing a community of learners by promoting collaboration and peer mentoring amongst the group of teachers thus creating a remarkable collegiality among them.

Chapman and Counsell engaged teachers in higher thinking activities focusing on the concepts of causation, continuity ad change, historical significance, similarities and differences and on historical evidence. With feedback from their colleagues and mentors, teachers designed their own learning activities that they applied with their students at their respective schools. They experienced reflecting on their practice to modify their planning accordingly. The training program started in November 2014 and finished in September 2015.