Work Field 1: Heritage Education

“Our first purpose is to enable children to discover their natural and built heritage, their history and their traditions.”

 

A- School Educational Trips

Through its on-site tours and educational workshops, BILADI organizes school trips since the day it was founded. All the trips serve the same purpose: to enable Lebanese children to discover their natural and historical heritage, their history, and their traditions. The trips consist mostly of one day visits to archaeological sites and villages, where traditions are still alive. Almost 40 000 students from private and public schools have so far taken part in BILADI school trips, broadening their knowledge of their country’s past through activities such as organizing role plays dealing with historical themes.

 

B- Informal Educational Activities Related to Heritage

These activities aim at familiarizing children and teenagers with their heritage, and teaching them about history while having fun. Such activities have, during past years, targeted Lebanese and Syrian children alike. These activities have contributed to filling gaps in the children’s knowledge of history, as well as in their attachment to their common heritage and their awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting it. Such pioneer BILADI projects include Syria in My Mind, #Unite4Heitage, THe Awareness Campaign on Illicit Trade…

 

C- Educational Materials

In the course of its educational projects, BILADI has often had to create its own manuals and its own educational material in order to serve the purpose of its revolutionary learning concepts. Our NGO takes pride in the fact that it creates its own teaching methods and the materials that accompany them, as well as implementing them through training and monitoring. These materials come in the form of interactive books, multimedia tools, art or culinary worshops, songs, etc…

Syria in My Mind

Time Frame: 2014-2015 & 2019

Location: Jounieh, Saïda, Nabatiyeh, Khiam and Marjeyoun.

Target Group: More than 3000 Syrian children from 4 to 14 years old.

Objectives:

Make the refugee Syrian children discover the wealth of their national historical and archaeological heritage in order to build a positive image of their war-torn country. This project aimed at rekindling of their sense of belonging to Syria, thus facilitating their return to their country. The facilitators were themselves Syrian refugees: they were trained to overcome their own trauma caused by war, in order to apply the non-conventional learning methods needed for the implementation of the materials especially conceived for this project. The learning process is realized through non-formal educational materials and songs.

Outcome:

The success of the first stage of the project led to a second phase. The project also had an important impact in the media, and was covered by most of the main newspapers and television stations in Lebanon.

Funders & Partners: funded in 2014-1015  by UNICEF, managed by AVSI in partnership with “Syrian Eyes” & funded by EU – MADAD Trust fund in 2019.

School Educational Trips

Time Frame: On going

Location: All over Lebanon.

Target Group: School students.

 

Objectives:

To allow the students to visit important historical, archaeological and natural sites, in order to discover their natural and built heritage, through playful activities.

 

Outcome:

Tens of thousands of young people have already taken part in those trips and acquired a better knowledge of their past.

 

Funders: Biladi self-sustainable project.

 

Media Link:

www.lorientlejour.com/article/759524

www.lorientlejour.com/article/59312615

No to the Illicit Trafficking in Antiquities!

Time Frame: November – December 2016.

Location: Beirut National Museum, Baalbeck, Tyre, Jbeil and Anjar

Target Group: School students 10 to 15 years old.

 

Objectives:

To increase the students’ awareness about the importance of fighting against the illicit trafficking in cultural property.

To train the teachers on the educational material to implement the project in their schools.

 

Outcome:

Six workshops were organized in Anjar, Tyre, Baalbek, Jbeil and the National Museum. More than 1600 students participated in them.

 

Funders: UNESCO office in Beirut.

 

Media Link:  www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/?pg=33&s=films_details&id=92

#Unite4Heritage

Time Frame: September-November 2015.

Location: Beirut National Museum, Baalbeck, Tyre, Jbeil.

Target Group: School students 11 to 15 years old.

Objectives:

To increase the students’ awareness about the protection of heritage in times of war, and to initiate them to UNESCO conventions. Social Media was used to send messages of unity and solidarity, and to create a global movement for protecting and safeguarding heritage under threat in the Arab region and elsewhere.

Outcome:

Eight workshops were organized in Tyre, Baalbek, Jbeil and the National Museum. More than 1600 students participated in them.

Funders: UNESCO office in Beirut.

Media Link:

http://www.unite4heritage.org/en/news/1600-lebanese-students-to-learn-about-heritage-protection