Minister Elias Bou Saab with the participation of the President of CERD, Dr. Nada Oweijane, headed the general educational assembly for all committees’ members who were selected to update the curricula in all subjects including languages. The meeting was attended by the General Director of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Fadi Yarak, the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Therese Al- Hachem, the representative of the Private Educational Institutions Union, Mrs. Suheir Mansour with a group of university professors and other experts in education.
The meeting began with the national anthem and followed by a presentation by Mrs. Huda Abu Assaly, the Head of Pre and In-service Training Bureau at CERD.
Minister Bou Saab said: Your attendance today reflects your concern about the importance of the workshops you are launching. I thank Dr. Oweijane for the efforts she has done since the first educational conference “Education for All”. We all know the changes that took place since 1997, when the last curricula were launched in Lebanon.
I am pleased to meet the best educators will re-design the curricula. When we rely on people like you, the results will be fruitful and we will overcome the financial and administrative barriers.
Unfortunately, 2 years have passed with this government, and we haven’t elected a president yet. However, we will cooperate and together we will re-design the new curricula.
What has been expected from you who will establish an important stage in education? I have great confidence that you achieve this quality developmental step of opting into a new interactive curricula. We will work together, discuss ideas and explore to what extent these ideas are right.
We will proceed into curricula revision starting from the goals of each lesson and the objectives we intend to achieve. This process is interconnected, so we will go thoroughly deeply to the basis especially that students have gone too far from the curricula because technology is available to students and we did not adequately keep up with the technological development. Then we go to the technical side as we opt for interactive curricula especially that we import books with CDs by which lessons are explained from world publishers.
You, as teachers, experts and professors will make the lessons, the interaction, the curricula and the textbooks Lebanese.
We will completely cooperate from school to university to make our curricula life based. The curricula must translate the ability of analysis, and the gradual achievement of knowledge and cognitive skills from one class and one learning cycle to another. We will go into the dull details in all disciplines.
We will cooperate with companies and experts in the international community funding, especially at the mechanization of the curricula and developing it into interactive.
We call you all to put your experiences at the disposal of CERD to come up with an up- to- date curricula which will undergo a process of continuous evaluation almost every two years.
We will take the fact of the enrollment of large numbers of students in our schools (due to the Syrian Migration) as an opportunity for curricula development and school re-building. Our willingness to help, as we told the international community, is not at the expense of lowering the level of education in Lebanon. 16500 interactive hours are required which cost a lot of money that will be provided by the international community.
There are many names in the lists prepared by CERD according to candidates’ selection. After curricula development, official exams will be set to assess students’ achievement. At that time, learners will find that the curriculum they are studying is their own. They become enthusiastic and more interested in their learning.
Interactive methods and techniques provided to teachers will facilitate their jobs and unify the level of education in Lebanon. It is a long journey from content to interaction, to teacher training; a journey that we hope when a minister comes and bears the ministry’s responsibilities, he/she will continue with such an efficient prestigious team like you.
In addition, the international financial support will provide the opportunity for us to build new schools, equip other schools, provide payment of allowances for the staff working by contract and complete the curricula workshops. I assure you that there are no limits to the new ideas on development and we are open to all new aspirations and discussions.
Minister Abou Saab asked teachers of the Arabic language for language development, facilitation and simplification so that this language can be used by students. This development is considered as a great challenge for the teachers.
The speech of CERD President, Dr. Nada Oweijane
The president of CERD, Dr. Nada Oweijane made a speech in the meeting. She said:
“Where are we in the labor market? And how do our curricula keep pace with the recent evolution? Our responsibility is huge as it deals with the concepts, skills and knowledge that should be acquired by our students, as well as the attitudes they must form. We are living the phases of environmental and educational development; therefore, you (the selected committees’ members) bear a great responsibility. The teacher of any subject has to decide which themes and content to be canceled and those that should be added in comparison with the national and the accredited international curricula.
We want every one of you to be an educated person who knows how to look for information, and to take the right choices and the right attitudes.
The current curricula are far from this description. Although the step of 1997 curricula was a huge, important step at that time, updating the curricula has become a necessity today. We are looking forward to have world learners.
The recommendations of the Educational Conference and the launched workshops make us strongly believe in the partnership between the public and private sectors and between basic and higher education. The success of this project is a success to the whole nation where learners are provided the opportunities they deserve.
An interactive curricula ar the balanced, integrated relationship between the book, the computer, the Internet, the classroom environment and society.
The interactive curricula also includes teachers’ interaction with each other, whether they were teachers of the same or different subjects; along with their interaction with the administration, school activities, clubs and other schools. Thus, technology is very important in the interactive curricula as it facilitates information acquisition.
There will be a preparatory working plan, an experimental phase and another phase of implementation until the electronic platform will be adopted for building knowledge.