The Launching of a Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon

CGE MEMBERS: Rejoice in your support for CGE and our skills shared that helped gain access to education for students with special needs in Lebanon! A special appreciation is given to faculty from Baylor, California Baptist, Carson Newman, Missouri Baptist, Oklahoma Baptist, Samford, and William Carey. Join in by participating in CGE’s Middle East Forum on September 17 that opens our 2014 Annual Meeting at Baylor, send a faculty member to SKILD’s October Beirut conference involving 70 private schools, celebrate the 3rd April 22 National Day next Spring, or attend a Colloquium on Inclusive Education hosted by CGE and Liverpool Hope University in July of 2015 at LHU’s campus. Thank you for your commitment to quality education and a heart for service and sharing. Contact us at info@cgedu.org for more information.

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“The launching in 2013 of the National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties was a major milestone on a 1000 mile journey towards inclusive educational communities in Lebanon. This journey that started with a far-fetched dream is full of challenges, but not impossible.  On April 22nd, 2014, exactly one year later, the Lebanese Ministry of Education and its Center for Educational Research and Development, the British Council, and LSESD’s SKILD Center for Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences celebrated the launching of a Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon.  

Over the past year, “We were able to spread a culture of inclusion, a culture of respect towards the other, and respect towards the other who is different and has learning difficulties,” said Dr. Nabil Costa, Coordinator of Lebanon’s National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties. “We succeeded in letting people know that children with learning difficulties have the right of education just like others.  The days are long gone when a parent would receive a phone call from a school telling them that their child is not fit for education.”

The Directory, one of several fruits resulting from the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between the aforementioned four partners, introduces the concept of integration [physical, academic, social and partial], and some common myths and misconceptions around the teaching of learners with Special Education Needs. It includes 70 schools – private and public – from the various Lebanese governorates that now have inclusive programs. For each school it lists which types of special needs they are equipped to address, languages offered, the principal, and school contact information. There’s also a section listed for NGOs actively involved in this field of promoting and supporting special needs education in Lebanon. 

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The launching event took place at a dinner gathering that brought together dignitaries including officials from the Ministry of Education including Director General Dr. Fady Yarak representing the Minister of Education and Dr. Layla Fayyad President of the Ministry’s Center for Educational Development and Research [CERD], MP Michel Moussa Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission, and MP Ghassan Moukheiber, former Minister of Education Dr. Hassan Diab, and Ms. Donna McGowan, Country Director of British council Lebanon. Also present were SKILD’s partners Dr. Carolyn Bishop, President of the Consortium for Global Education, and Dr. Tonya Crane, as well as leaders and representatives of inclusive education institutions in Lebanon. Jordan too.

During the event, Dr. Fady Yarak commended Dr. Nabil Costa and SKILD Center for their vision and exemplary efforts.  Dr. Fayyad spoke of the importance of inclusive educational communities, while Dr. Costa spoke of the necessity of having appropriate legislature in place that ensure inclusive public and private school.

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Highlights of the evening included a very touching word by a special needs Beirut Baptist School student expressing appreciation for the steps taken to-date and reminding the audience that they have not yet attained all their rights. This was followed by a performances by an “inclusive” Beirut Baptist School choir and band that played both the Lebanese and the British national anthems, and a heartwarming song by students of Al Mabarrat school speaking of their rights and their potential.  

Another highlight was the viewing of a short video prepared for the occasion, which includes statements by the four partner organizations, i.e. the Ministry of Education, CERD, the British Council and SKILD, as well as heads of educational institutions and principals of private schools in Lebanon (inclusive and non-inclusive). The message communicated by the various speakers emphasized the importance of having in place policies and legislature that protect every child’s right of education and safeguard them against discrimination and marginalization.  Some Speakers shared success stories that further confirm the value of integration. 

Towards the end of the evening, copies of the Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon were distributed. Others will be made available for distribution through educational institutions in Lebanon.”

-Alia Abboud

CGE members celebrate successful Spring Break trips for faculty and students!

2014-03-14 16.59.54CGE members celebrate successful Spring Break trips for faculty and students to Haiti, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Greece, Ireland, UK, France, and Italy. Contact our office if you have interests in short term, yet strategic study opportunities, 770-321-4897 or contact@cgedu.org.

CGE Testimonials – Ashley Moon in London!

Ashley Moon, Howard Payne University, CGE/CAPA London Spring 2014

London is one of CGE’s study abroad program locations that has gained the greatest momentum in 2014. This program is offered in partnership with CAPA International, recently ranked #6 overall for best study abroad program provider. Students in London have the option to study for a semester or summer term. London truly embodies a multi-cultural city, perhaps better than anywhere else in the world. Ashley Moon, a sophomore from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, took part in the London program for the Spring 2014 semester. Ashley stayed extremely busy with a full load of classes, an internship in the area of photography, and chose to utilize a homestay option, living with a British family. (Students in the London program have the option to live in apartment style housing with other students or to do a homestay). CGE asked her to share her perspective on London and her overall experience overseas:

“My favorite thing about living in London is that there is always something new to explore. This city is so massive and there are unique and interesting things everywhere you look. Every time I got off work early or had some extra time, I would go somewhere new and I always ended up learning about culture or history or people. You are CONSTANTLY learning here!”

“This semester, I was surprised at how little I missed home. I studied in London last year for a semester and I was homesick the whole time. This year, I was homesick maybe 2 days out of the whole semester. I’m really close with my family, so I thought it would be really hard to be without them again, but became so close with 2 families here, so I never really got lonely.”

“Studying abroad is the most amazing experience. Living here is NOT the same as visiting. London never ever stops being exciting. I’ve lived here almost 7 months and I haven’t had a boring day yet.”

CGE goes to Dublin & London!

Ashley from the CGE Atlanta office is heading to Dublin and London on March 8th to take part in the CAPA Global Cities Theatre Conference. She will be abroad for an entire week and will be updating the CGE Blog daily with her exciting experiences and photos. Keep checking back to read all about her upcoming adventures! Click here to check out her first blog post, and don’t forget to leave a comment!580478_713302984108_87726960_n

Press Release: CGE Awards Scholarship to HPU Sophomore to Study in London

ImageCGE was proud to award Ashley Moon, a Communications major at Howard Payne University, a scholarship to study abroad in London for the Spring 2014 school semester! We are excited and anxiously anticipating news about her upcoming trip. The scholarship award was highlighted in HPU’s online press release:

“Howard Payne University sophomore Ashley Moon was awarded a scholarship through the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) to study in London for the spring 2014 semester. Moon will participate in CAPA International Education’s London Program, earning college credit while studying in what the CGE calls “one of the most vibrant, exciting, culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities in the world.” Moon was also selected as CAPA’s official “vlogger” for the semester and received an additional scholarship to produce weekly video blogs about her experiences.”

“‘More and more students are taking advantage of the many opportunities HPU offers them to study in different cities around the world,’ Jennifer McNiece, assistant professor of political science at HPU, said. ‘We’re very grateful to organizations such as the CGE for helping to fund these opportunities.'”

Check out the rest of the article HERE

Want to study abroad in London? Send an email to contact@cgedu.org

Share through the Air: Voices for All Asia

 
 
Handong Global University students

Students from Handong Global University

In November, CGE members celebrated with thousands of Koreans at the nationally recognized dedication service for the Far East Broadcasting Company in Seoul. Educational programming is broadcast to at least 10 nations. Following this event, CGE visited three Christian-based universities committed to welcoming American students, sending their faculty and students and partnering with CGE members for significant global impact. Join CGE to support partnerships with Korean Universities to build Asian leadership for a global impact.

Lithuania – Be a Risk Taker!

Join Faculty and Students to Make a Difference!
Students at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania represent 25 nations. The all-English language course options attract students who want to develop their skills in professional areas so needed by Eastern Europe, Central Asia or the Middle East. LCC encourages students to Be Risk Takers and compete for placements in top international professions. CGE study abroad participants gain unique knowledge of a nation emerging as a leader and global partner while being immersed in campus-life of multiple cultures.
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Starlight Express – Ireland and Lebanon

Ireland: The Starlight program raises special awareness for students who need expert help in expressing themselves for achievement in skills for learning, living, and working. Rebecca had failed in three programs in her local Irish community until she came to “The Farm” where she developed a love for rabbits. Now she verbally expresses “stories” to visitors about the rabbits and is a major care-giver for the rabbit warren area. She has become a Star and shares her special light with everyone who visits. Help CGE identify Starlight programs and coordinate our CGE experts to be partners for skill building.IMG_8794

Lebanon: This Starlight Express project is located in a school associated with SKILD (Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences) for students with expression challenges like dyslexia and word processing. Experts and a volunteer program are needed at the high school level to coach older students within their regular academic programs. Students are bright, but may have a learning challenge in writing or reading skills, and need more time or special help in mastering a skill or achieving a passing mark. Visit and confirm for yourself that these four students are stars as they express their dreams for careers in journalism, restaurants, travel businesses, and architecture! You can feel their Starlight potential fill the classroom!

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CGE in South Korea

CGE representatives recently returned from Seoul, South Korea, where they attended the dedication ceremony of the new Far East Broadcasting Company headquarters. The ceremony was coordinated by FEBC-Korea’s chair, Dr. Billy Kim.

Dr. Carolyn Bishop (CGE), Dr. Randall O’Brien (Carson-Newman), Dr. Andy Westmoreland (Samford), Dr. Gary Cook (Dallas Baptist) & Dr. Danny Hinson (Carson-Newman) all traveled to be a part of the celebration of FEBC and Dr. Kim’s work and service.

Several CGE attendees remained to visit universities and schools interested in CGE programs. The visits were very productive and laid the groundwork for increased future cooperation between CGE and these schools.

Some highlights of the trip included:

CGE delegation presenting Dr. Kim with a crystal CGE globe in honor of the dedication of the new FEBC building
(L to R) Dr. O’Brien, Dr. Bishop, Dr. Kim, Dr. Westmoreland, Dr. Hinson & Dr. Cook

Concert, dedication and celebration at the Peace Pavilion in Seoul

Concert, dedication and celebration at the Peace Pavilion in Seoul

Former U.S. President George W. Bush offers words of congratulations to Dr. Kim and all those aiding this work

Former U.S. President George W. Bush offers words of congratulations to Dr. Kim and all those aiding this work

The new FEBC building in Seoul

The new FEBC building in Seoul