Connecting Classrooms: Working with schools in Lebanon
“My visit to Lebanon took place in May of thisyear. This was such a fantastic experience and Iwas able to experience and share first hand theLebanese education system. The children inschool were an absolute delight so eager to sharetheir English, that they speak nearly fluently”.Stewart Cook, UK schools teacherWorking with schools inLebanon
LebanonHow will this webinar work? Please ensure your microphone/phone is on mute The webinar will be recorded Please refrain from asking any questions during the webinar. There will be a Q&Asection at the end of the webinarAbout the British Council?The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and othercountries and builds trust between them worldwide. We are on the ground in sixcontinents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day.
LebanonAims of the webinar Develop an understanding of Lebanon as a country, its Education system and thechallenges it faces Benefits of partnering with a school in Lebanon for pupils and teachers How the British Council can help your school partner with a school in Lebanon Which areas of Lebanon you can partner with Case studies How to apply and useful contact details Q&A session
LebanonFacts about Lebanon• It is a west Asian country located in the East Mediterranean. It is bordered by theMediterranean Sea on the west, Syria on the north and east, and Israel on the south.• Arabic, French and English are spoken in Lebanon and English is taught in schools andcolleges.• It has a developing economy, having the largest proportion of skilled labour among ArabStates.• The Lebanese education system comprises of primary education, intermediateeducation, secondary education, technical and vocational education and highereducation.• Known as the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, the capital of Lebanon has beennominated the number one destination city among 44 places in the world by the NewYork Times (Jan 2009).
LebanonEducation system in LebanonTotal number of students in schools 942391Schools Total (2807)State schools 1365Semi-Private schools 369Private (pay fee) schools 1073Students in State schools 30.2%Students in Semi-Private schools 13.5%Students in Private pay fee schools 52.8%
LebanonPhases and TestingSchool Stages Age Range Main AssessmentPre-school 3-5 years NoneBasic Education 6-14 years Brevet national exam (14years)Secondary Education 15-17 years Baccalaureate exam (17years)
LebanonFreedom and control• State schools follow the ministry national curriculum and the national books.• Private schools abide by the national curricula but are free to choose their owntextbooks.• Education is compulsory until age 15 and 95% of school-age children attendschool.
LebanonEducation Challenges• Complementing and supporting reform in key areas within the educational landscapethat are associated with high quality “teaching and learning” and student achievement• Improving access to and quality of information for teachers and administrators• Developing mechanisms for curriculum development in a manner consistent withnational needs and global trends• Minimizing the gap between the state and private schools• Developing inclusive education in state and private schools
LebanonWhy partner with Lebanon? What are the benefitsfor pupils? A real life global context for the whole curriculum . Learning is real, relevant and exciting, and builds motivation and self-confidence. Understanding Lebanon and middle eastern culture, society and education Helping students understanding their rights and responsibilities as global citizens. Preparing students for work in a global economy and building a fairer, moresustainable world. Motivation to build trust between communities in Lebanon and the UK.
LebanonWhat are the benefits for teachers and educators? A chance to improve teaching skills and the curriculum by sharing best practice Opportunities to visit your partner school in Lebanon with the British Council. A greater understanding of other countries, their cultures and their educationsystems. Recognition for your school through the British Councils International SchoolAward. Resources to help you explore social, environmental, and cultural themes. Access to online British Council run professional development courses. A way to engage your local community and connect with other local schools.
LebanonHow can the British Council help you partner withLebanon?We can support you in: Finding a partner – or school ‘cluster’ partner - and helping you apply Funding your partnership Managing your visit safely – e.g. help with local travel and accommodation. Advice and support every step of the way
LebanonWhich areas of Lebanon can you visit? British Council manages regular UK school partner visits to host schools in line withFCO travel advice, across the country British Council Lebanon also works with the Ministry of Education and the local DistrictEducation Officers to make visits successful
LebanonNext steps Register on the British Council Schools Online sitehttp://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/ British Council will suggest potential school partners in Lebanon and connect you Develop a joint application for a Connecting Classrooms partnership grant Deadlines each term so apply when you and your partner school are ready For more info, please email email@example.com or
LebanonCase study - oneFrances Olive Anderson Primary School, GainsboroughandMohammad Shamel School, Beirut Lebanon
LebanonBackground• Partners since September 2012.• Curriculum Projects- Eco Bags and Road Safety.• Connecting Classrooms Grant applied for in February 2013.• Visit made to Lebanon May 2013, International Coordinator from partner school visitingSeptember 2013.• joint curriculum projects• relevant to children• Skype link at end of the each project = real life audience.“I never thought that I would be able touse my English with students far fromLebanon.”
LebanonExample project Eco Friendly Bags• Based on common problem• covered many subject areas including, science, art citizenship and design technology=embrace as part of creative curriculum and not a hindrance on teaching time
LebanonCase Study two –The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenheadwith The Republic of Lebanon Practical things - plan for:– varying length of the school day– differences in term dates– differences in exam cycles– differences in time zones– a variety of ICT systems– the complexities in finance– the positive contribution teachers in both countries can make– differences in education systems– using your existing curriculum to support projects– differences in safeguarding procedures– use of language - misinterpretation
LebanonCase Study Take account of: Cultural differences– gender – dietary requirements – dress – modesty or lack of confidence with spokenEnglish Successes:– joint curriculum work established in all schools– communications between International Coordinators have been good– visits: UK to Lebanon and Lebanon to UK were all high quality on both a cultural and schoollevel– communications between teachers have been rewarding– teachers, pupils and students in both countries have been very keen to work on theprojects– a sense of excitement and anticipation has pervaded the schools– both sets of pupils learn a lot about their respective counterparts, bothhow they live their lives and about the area/country that they live in
LebanonCase Study Successes– teachers, pupils and students in both countries have been very keen to work on theprojects– a sense of excitement has pervaded the clusters– there is a sense of anticipation as both sets of pupils and students await a response totheir contribution– both sets of pupils learn a lot about their respective counterparts, bothhow they live their lives and about the area/country that they live in– the exchange visits were very rewarding from both sets of teachers understanding thepartnership country and from the dialogue generated during the partnershipconferences and video conferences
LebanonSome of our projects eTale – one line of a story sent by email – other pupils add a sentence until story is finished Writing and exchanging letters/cards/develop electronic communication Making a photographic archive of our environment to exchange via email Planting projects - vegetables – exchange of seeds/ vegetables/oak and cedar Shadow puppets with music My journey to school – written, illustrated and/or photographed virtual sports/Olympic Games -exchanging sports day results awarding medals Tourism: Finding out about each others’ country and places to visit – create DVD/Powerpoint To create a Partnership Mosaic ‘Myself, My Community, My Country’- Cross-curricular projects. – create a video ICT - create a Powerpoint presentation ‘Myself’ to send to the partner school. My School - children create a newsletter/newspaper about life in their school to send to partner school Media – partner schools participate in the BBC School Report initiative Tourism awareness: places to visit in each others country Folk Dance/Song: Learning about each other’s culture through traditional dance/song - Dabkedance/Maypole dancing – DVD exchanged Geography, RE, History- Students describe features of the geography, history, culture of the Lebanonand complete a 1 hour challenge: finish a set of small tasks to win ‘jigsaw pieces’ to make a Lebanonmap.