«We believe that heritage is a major component in defining cultural identity and enhancing self-esteem.»
BILADI is a Lebanese non-governmental organization (Registration no. 645) whose main objective is safeguarding heritage through education, training and promotion. We believe that heritage is a major component in defining cultural identity and enhancing self-esteem.
Our work is entirely independent. In a region going through profound crises and changes, promotion of heritage becomes an essential tool for keeping populations grounded and attached to their cultural identity. This conforms to the regional experiences of Biladi’s founder, Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, archaeologist and journalist, who worked for many years on heritage in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
Our work since 2005 is divided into 3 main fields:
1- Heritage Education: Enabling children to discover their natural and built heritage, their history and their traditions in order to raise awareness among the future generation about the importance of preserving heritage.
2- Heritage Training: Strengthening through trainings, the knowledge and the tools of professionals and the local communities, working on heritage related topics, in order to create agents of change. The trainings allow the participant to identify threats on heritage and to fight for its preservation.
3- Heritage Promotion: Promoting heritage to a broad public and bringing it closer to its past.
In the course of its implemented projects, BILADI has often had to create its own manuals and its own educational material in order to serve the purpose of its learning concepts. These materials come in the form of interactive books, multimedia tools, art or culinary worshops, songs… All educational materials are created with the support of our multidisciplanry scientific committee (Archeologists, psychologist, education specialist, learning difficulty specialist….) in order to adapt them to the various projects’ target groups. The material created is then monitored and evaluated (internally and externally) on field during the implementation, aiming for continuous improvement.