Opening of “The Center for Citizenship Digital Learning”

Wednesday the 13th of March, 2019 saw the joint opening of The Center for Citizenship Digital Learning by the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management at Adyan Foundation and the General Secretariat of Catholic Schools in Lebanon in the Secretariat’s headquarters in Ain Najm, in the presence of various educational experts and concerned parties.

The event opened with official speeches, the first of which was given by the Secretary General of Catholic Schools in Lebanon, Antonine Father Boutros Azar, where he thanked the president of Adyan Foundation Father Fadi Daou and the director of the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management Dr Nayla Tabbara and described the opening of the center as the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between Adyan Foundation, the British Cultural Center and the Catholic schools.

In her address, Dr Nayla Tabbara, director of the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management at Adyan Foundation said: “ We meet today to inaugurate The Center for Citizenship Digital Learning and to celebrate what it symbolizes. For it represents the tripartite partnership between the private sector, the public sector and civil society.” She further clarified that the center will be open to all parties working in the educational field, so they may benefit from it towards enabling teachers from the private and public sectors in digital education relating to citizenship; as its doors will be open to classes for students from the private and public systems as well.

Caroline Ghostine, Head of the Community Service Unit at the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning and Representative of the General Director of the Ministry Mr. Fadi Yarak, stressed the Ministry’s presence and its support for the introduction of digital education, considering the technology a factor in accelerating the learning process.

In the British Ambassador’s address delivered by his deputy Mr. Benjamin Wastnage, he expressed his amazement before the diversity of Lebanon in terms of its people, culture and history, and pointed out that this diversity and unique model of coexistence is the source of its strength. While speaking about the Center, which was established with the financial support of the Embassy, Wastnage pointed to the importance of teaching coexistence in schools as a means to guarantee social cohesion and promote stability.