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 IV
February 15, 2017 - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation launched its fourth 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 eight Lebanese political groups ( see attached visual). The curriculum comprises 42 hours of lectures and simulations activities that will be held until the month of June.

 

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

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 ( scroll down to 2016 edition for more on program details)

 

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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Anti –Corruption Hotline: LALAC Program II
November 28, 2016 - Lebanon

 

This unique initiative, providing an unprecedented fighting vehicle against corruption,has been revived (see earlier post below December 2013-May 2015).Tools and methodology include a dedicated hotline, expert advice, and complaints processing through law offices, state bodies and pressure groups.
The first edition of this initiative demonstrated that rightful & well prepared complaints did lead to results; that was the main cause for reinstating the  Anti –Corruption Hotline
 
This program is co funded by Transparency International, the Netherlands Embassy, The German Foreign office and the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation.

This unique initiative, providing an unprecedented fighting vehicle against corruption,has been revived (see earlier post below December 2013-May 2015).Tools and methodology include a dedicated hotline, expert advice, and complaints processing through law offices, state bodies and pressure groups.

 

The first edition of this initiative demonstrated that rightful & well prepared complaints did lead to results; that was the main cause for reinstating the  Anti –Corruption Hotline

 

This program is co funded by Transparency International, the Netherlands Embassy, The German Foreign office and the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation.

 

 
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Ethics and Civic Values in LIVE Reports
June 6, 2016- Lebanon

 

When based on misleading or misinformed content, live news segments often carries a negative impact nationwide . The disrespect of Ethics & civic values affects media quality, citizen's values & perception of State.

 

This targeted educational program is designed to inject civic and ethical substance into the news reported live from local radio and TV stations. Targeting all Lebanese reporters, the ECVLR could become a tool to induce a positive attitude change in the Lebanese public towards national values.

 

A 2-hour compilation of blunders, extracted from a database of the last 5 years of TV news coverage, in addition to commentaries by subject matter experts is in the making. All Lebanese reporters will be invited to attend training sessions based on these commented compilations that will afterwards be made available to students in media & journalism.

 

A partnership with an expert organization, the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKeyes) has been established , a researcher has been appointed and a steering committee of 5 expert members is heading this program that should hopefully come to effect during the 3rd  quarter of 2017.

 
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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), 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 2000 + 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).

 

Since our program launch in 2015, distribution ceremonies were held in the Akkar governorate, the Sidon and coastal /Zahrani federations of municipalities, the Zahle federation of Municipalities, the Jezzine federation of Municipalities, the South Matn Federation of Municipalities and the 4 Chouf & Chahhar federations who hosted a distribution ceremony on March 11, 2017, in the Baakline National Library. 530 Municipal police members have received to date a copy of the NAMAZEJ handbook (see attached photo gallery).

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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.

 

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Youth Leadership Program III
February 17, 2016 – June 4, 2016 - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Part of its efforts to promote attitude change and good governance among the political apparatus, the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation completed the 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 18 young practitioners (aged 21 to 31) from various Lebanese political groups (see attached visual). The curriculum comprised 46 hours of lectures and simulations activities under the following modules (see attached visual): 

 

 

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

 

 

The program was concluded over a week-end focusing on Reflections on Leadership and Personal Skills.

 

Speakers included seventeen 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.

 

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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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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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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