ACSESS: Advocate College Students for the Environment and a Sustainable Society:
Promoting and Building Capacity on Corporate Social Responsibility
Working with 3 groups in 3 different universities
Training on, designing and implementing a CSR related advocacy campaign
Instituting the groups into semi-autonomous civil society groups and a networking platform among the 3 formed groups and previously formed others, sharing the concerns on Corporate Social Responsibility proliferation (CSR) AND Environmental and Social Engagement of youth in local government structures.
"How to Develop Historical Thinking? - Reaching out for Teachers Across Lebanon" is a project that introduces a disciplinary approach to history pedagogy in Lebanon. It proposes refocusing history education on historical thinking, and thus on processes of open yet rigorous enquiry and debate about the meanings of the past. Rather than relying on a single textbook account, this approach engages student in exploring how and why diverse historical accounts are constructed. Students are being taught how to interrogate – critically, collaboratively, and constructively multiple, conflicting or incomplete sources of evidence. The program is a continuation of previous workshops and aims at reaching a wider and more diverse group of history teachers through a series of workshops focusing on historical thinking. The workshops will be conducted in Arabic and will involve the designing and implementation of three one-day workshops in three different areas in Lebanon, namely the North, South and Mount Lebanon.
Project overall objectives
The project aims at building a community of learners among history teachers nationwide as a step towards launching a responsible conversation about the past and towards building awareness about how the past is constructed and how powerful groups will always try to influence the past by forcing one version, their version.
There will be organised three workshops in each of three areas in Lebanon. The workshops titled: 1) Causation, 2) Evidence, 3) Change and continuity.
NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE WEEK (APRIL 9-17) National Youth Service Week (April 9-17) is a Lebanese initiative encouraging youth throughout Lebanon do effective and sustainable service projects.
National Youth Service Week is an expansion of Global Youth Service Days (April 15-17, 2016), three days in April when youth in over 100 countries around the world do service projects in their communities. It honors both the contribution of those youth and the adults who help make their efforts possible. All NYSW projects will also be registered as GYSD projects.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All children and youth. We encourage all universities, public and private schools, youth groups, and informal groups of youth to implement a service project during National Youth Service Week.
SCHEDULE FOR THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE WEEK CAMPAIGN February/early March: Training of schools, universities organizations, youth groups on How to Plan and Implement a Sustainable Service Project and how to participate in NYSW/GYSD. March-mid April: Youth groups will plan their service projects according to the guidelines provided. They will also complete an online pre-project form describing their project. And public school students will have their projects approved, as required, by the Ministry of Education *April 2: Deadline to complete pre-project form: www.volunteerforlebanon.org/NYSW_PreProjectForm *April 9-17: Sustainable service projects will be implemented throughout Lebanon. *April 29: Deadline for youth groups to complete the online post-project form describing the actual project completed as well as prepare and submit a poster describing their project: www.volunteerforlebanon.org/NYSW_PostProjectForm A list of places to submit the posters will be sent to all who complete the Pre-Project Form. *May 8*: A recognition event will be held to honor the youth who participated in National Youth Service Week. Project posters will be displayed, certificates will be distributed, and awards will be given for exemplary projects according to the criteria provided in the guidelines. *The event may be postponed to May 15th if the municipal elections are held on May 8th
Project overall objectives
OBJECTIVES OF NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE WEEK
1) To develop an understanding of volunteering and to encourage it in our youth.
2) To encourage youth to identify and target social problems and to collaborate to solve them
3) To develop our youth into capable, empowered, socially responsible citizens.
4) To provide them with opportunities to actually contribute in meaningful ways.
5) To provide youth with volunteer opportunities that cross social barriers of age, religion, abilities/disabilities, and geography.
6) To improve the quality and sustainability of youth service projects.
7) To encourage and help NGOs to recruit youth to volunteer for them
8) To acknowledge the capacity of youth to contribute to their society
THEME FOR NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE WEEK: SUSTAINABLE SERVICE
We are providing information to groups to develop projects that are sustainable in three important ways:
1) Projects that continue over time or have a long time impact
2) Projects that are environmentally friendly in their planning and implementation
3) Projects that help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
March: Training sessions for leaders of youth groups
April 9-17: Service projects will be implemented by youth groups throughout the country
May 8: Recognition event at UNESCO Palace (possibly postponed to May 15 if municipal elections take place on May 8.