National Day 2013
Press conference announcing the National Day as the 22 of April
SKILD proudly announces the launching of the National Day (22nd of April) for Students with Learning Difficulties, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education represented by the Center for Educational Research and Development, and the British Council in Lebanon.
SKILD believe that the existence of a National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties is a major breakthrough in the history of education in Lebanon. By increasing awareness about special needs and learning difficulties on a national level we are better placed to advocate for every child’s right to equal educational opportunities. We want to see greater inclusion in the education system so that children with learning difficulties are given the chance to finish school, equipped to become able and active members of society.
From now on, the 22nd of April of each year is a day where all educational institutions, namely schools, the media, and the Lebanese in general will be reminded that students who are dyslexic, or have dyscalculia, etc., they are able to learn and do learn when we let them learn the way they know how, and when we teach them properly using special methods and techniques.
First National Day, UNESCO, 22 April 2013
On 22 April 2013, the first National Day was made possible through the concerted efforts and high level of coordination between our SKILD Center for Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and its Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD), and the British Council in Lebanon.
More than 1000 leaders, educators, and students attended the event at the UNESCO Palace. With the support of the educational institutions that participated in organizing the National Day we were able to start raising interest in the issue of students with learning difficulties and their right of education. Together, we succeeded in rendering this issue a matter of priority at various levels and backgrounds.
The National Day became a National week in the presence of a team of professionals and educators from the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) who participated in seminars and awareness sessions for parents, teachers.
First National Day
National Day Dinner, Al Bustan Hotel
The National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties that Lebanon celebrated for the first time this year was not a goal in itself, but an important milestone towards the fulfillment of a major goal: every child’s right of education, particularly children with learning difficulties. Adopting the National Day is an acknowledgement of this right.
A dinner was hosted by the British Council, the center for educational research and development, and the SKILD center on the 15th of April 2013 in the “Al Bustan Hotel” and the Minister of Education professor Hassan Diab was present to encourage and support the first national day dinner event.
During the dinner there was a ” Signing of Memorandum of Agreement” by Minister Dr. Hassan Diab – Minister of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon, Dr. Nabil Costa – Executive Director for LSESD, Ms. Barbara Hewitt – Director of British Council Lebanon, and Dr. Layla Fayad – President of the Ministry’s Center for Educational Research & Development.
The purpose of this Memorandum is to insure maintaining continuing with awareness campaigns, training seminars and workshops for teachers. and sure enough, this Memorandum of Understanding, is still effective to this day.