EDUCATION

We develop and support educational programs that promote change in social, political and cultural fields. We also conceive and produce awareness campaigns aimed at educating the public about key issues as highlighted in our objectives.

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Youth Leadership Program III
Launched on February 17, 2016 - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched its third edition of the Youth Leadership Program under the motto ‘Expressing Values Not Power’’, a curriculum meant to introduce best practices of conduct and values to 22 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) from various Lebanese political groups ( see attached visual). The curriculum comprises 40 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules:

 

  • Global Contemporary Issues
  • Lebanon Policy Challenges
  • Social Economic Threats & Opportunities.

 

The program will be concluded over a week-end focusing on Critical Thinking, Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.

 

Speakers include nineteen leading scholars, former cabinet members, activists and experts who will be sharing their thoughts and experiences in fields and matters not sufficiently covered by the Lebanese political discourse.

 

Youth Leadership Program III
Launched on February 17, 2016  - Beirut, Lebanon
 
Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched its third edition of the  Youth Leadership Program under the motto ‘Expressing Values Not Power’’, a curriculum meant to introduce best practices of conduct and values to 22 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) from various Lebanese political groups ( see attached visual). The curriculum comprises 40 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules:
 
Global Contemporary Issues
Lebanon Policy Challenges
Social Economic Threats & Opportunities.
 
The program will be concluded over a week-end focusing on Critical Thinking, Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.
 
Speakers include nineteen leading scholars, former cabinet members, activists and experts who will be sharing their  thoughts and experiences in fields and matters not sufficiently covered by the Lebanese political discourse.

 
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Civil Servants 101: NAMAZEJ Municipal Police
Launched on November 2, 2015- Lebanon

 

This program aims at developing the human factor in public institutions to better serve citizens. As a first step, CV101 is addressing a public body with a high level of interaction with citizens : The Municipal Police.

 

Following the protocol signed in October 2014 by the foundation and OMSAR (The Office of Minister of State for Administrative Reform) and later endorsed by the Ministry of Interior, we designed, edited and printed the NAMAZEJ handbook that lists basic tasks which are not properly addressed by the municipal police agents. This user- friendly and illustrated handbook is meant to be distributed in person to 3000 + municipal police members, during introductory sessions in all Lebanese governorates (mouhafazats) under the direct auspices of their respective governors.

 

Billboard campaigns are being gradually launched after the handbook distribution in each governorate in order to raise citizens’ awareness, and to also encourage them to download it on their smart devices (phones & tablets). Donations in kind for this initiative have been secured from ALBA (handbook illustrations), l’Annonce s.a.r.l and Pikasso s.a.l (printing & billboard campaign).

 

The first 2 distribution ceremonies were held in the Akkar governorate (Halba Nov. 2, and Qobayyat Nov. 12 2015) where the NAMAZEJ handbook was delivered to municipal police members by Akkar Governor Mr. Imad Labaki and LRF program consultant Mr. Khalil El Hajal Former Director General of Municipalities. The South Governorate hosted a distribution ceremony for the Sidon and coastal /Zahrani federations of municipalities (April.16 2016) with 150 municipal police members attending.Secretary General Nicolas Abou Daher & federation President Ali Matar hosted the proceedings.

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Youth Leadership Program II
February 18, 2015 – June 27, 2015 - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched its second edition of the  Youth Leadership Program under the motto ‘Expressing Values Not Power’’, a curriculum meant to introduce best practices of conduct and values to 20 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) delegated by various Lebanese political groups . The curriculum comprised 39 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules:
 
Global Contemporary Issues
Lebanon Policy Challenges
Social Economic Threats & Opportunities.
 
The program was concluded over a full training day focusing on, Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.
 
Speakers included 16 leading scholars, former cabinet members, activists and experts who shared their thoughts and experiences in fields and matters not sufficiently covered by the Lebanese political discourse.
(See related material & schedules attached) 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched its second edition of the  Youth Leadership Program under the motto ‘Expressing Values Not Power’’, a curriculum meant to introduce best practices of conduct and values to 20 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) delegated by various Lebanese political groups . The curriculum comprised 39 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules:

 

  • Global Contemporary Issues
  • Lebanon Policy Challenges
  • Social Economic Threats & Opportunities.

 

The program was concluded over a full training day focusing on, Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.

 

Speakers included 16 leading scholars, former cabinet members, activists and experts who shared their thoughts and experiences in fields and matters not sufficiently covered by the Lebanese political discourse.

(See related material & schedules attached) 

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Anti –Corruption Hotline: LALAC Program
December 9, 2013 - May 28, 2015 - Lebanon

 

This non-academic program provides an unprecedented fighting vehicle against cases of corruption that citizens or corporations have witnessed or are victims of. Tools and methodology include a dedicated hotline, expert advice, and complaints processing through various law offices, state bodies, pressure groups and possible media whistleblowing.

 

The attached closing report sheds the light on who is speaking up, the type of complaints received and actions taken. Most importantly, it shows the high rate of cooperation displayed by Public Institutions in addressing complaints that were relayed by the Program, evidencing that a rightful & well prepared complaint does lead to results; a source of hope for the future and further motivation for reinstating a similar initiative.

 

LRF has provided input on methodology in addition to a financial contribution; this initiative is also funded by the EU and CIPE. LALAC (Lebanese Advocacy and Legal Advice Center) is an initiative established and managed by LTA (Lebanese Transparency Association) - the Lebanese chapter of Transparency International.

 

LALAC TVC:



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Youth Leadership Program
February 12, 2014 – June 1st, 2014 - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched a Youth Leadership Program under the motto ‘Expressing Values Not Power’’, a curricula meant to introduce best practices of conduct and values to 19 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) from various Lebanese political groups. The curriculum comprised 40 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules:

 

  • Global Contemporary Issues
  • Lebanon Policy Challenges
  • Social Economic Threats & Opportunities.

 

The program was concluded over a week-end where training focused on Critical Thinking, Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.

 

Speakers included nineteen leading scholars, former cabinet members and experts who shared their thoughts and experiences in fields and matters not sufficiently covered by the Lebanese political discourse.

 

Below is the detailed schedule of the program.

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NCUSAR Summer Fellowship
Fact Finding Visit – Beirut, June 23 - July 3 2012

 

The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation and The National Council for U.S.–Arab Relations organized a fact-finding mission to Lebanon which fell under The Model Arab League, a student leadership development program organized by NCUSAR since 1983. The mission, scheduled from June 2012 till July 2, hosted American students from various US universities and two escorts.

 

Activities covered several spectrums, including the social, political and economic landscape of Lebanon, as well as the country’s art and culture, lifestyle and entertainment. Various Lebanese politicians, economists, businessmen and opinion makers participated in this initiative, shedding light on their respective fields and line of business.

 

The mission was followed by a post-visit fellowship year, where participants shared their experiences and knowledge gained in Lebanon among their various communities - hometown, universities, and other civic organizations - reaching a total of 41,700 Americans through on-line postings, print articles and direct contact.

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1860: History and Memory of a conflict
Beirut, October 5-7 2011

One hundred and fifty years have passed since the momentous crisis of 1860 in both Mount Lebanon and Damascus. On this occasion, six academic French and Lebanese institutions supported by various contributors among which the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation, organized on October 5, 6, 7 and 8 an International Symposium to reflect on the history of these dramatic events and the memories they still evoke.

The objective is to revisit the historical literature of this period in the light of unpublished sources and/or new perspectives. The reappraisal of events concerns the entirety of the participants, notably the three key players: the Druses, the Christians and the Ottomans.

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University of Utah Students' Briefing
Washington, DC – March 25 2010

The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation hosted a group of grad-students from the University of Utah who represented Lebanon at the Model Arab League conference – a student leadership program developed by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations with selected U.S. Universities.
The briefing offered perspectives on key Lebanese issues and prepared the students to represent Lebanon in a 3-day mock Arab League Summit held at Georgetown where students debated issues related to the Middle East region with teams from other universities. Each team represented a different Arab league country. Students were offered a lesson on “Lebanon 101” followed by a Q&A session. Topics discussed included:

  • Lebanese policies and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.
  • Assessment of civil society initiatives in Lebanon.
  • Environmental initiatives in the Lebanese public agenda.
  • The Lebanese banking system and its resiliency to the current world financial crisis.

 
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Study & Fact Finding Visit
Beirut – February 12-17 2009

Lebanon Renaissance Foundation organized a study & fact finding visit to Lebanon for 11 leading journalists and thought leaders from over 20 institutions. The delegation, composed of different nationalities, visited a number of prominent Lebanese figures and organizations, including politicians, scholars and civil society groups.  The visit’s main objective was to offer the delegation a better understanding about Lebanon’s political, social and cultural realities.

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