Lebanon’s human capital is in a state of crisis, both at the school and higher education levels. This state threatens to impede long term growth, as well as human capital development. The webinar will discuss the current state of the education sector in Lebanon, focusing on how the crisis has affected the sector, and propose policy recommendations to help bring the sector back on its feet.
The discussion will be moderated by LIFE Advocate committee member Haneen Sayed and Fadi Nicholas Nassar, fellow at the Middle East Institute and the panel will include experts and practitioners from the education sector.
Detailed Speaker Biographies
Suzanne ABDUL-REDA is a Professor at the Faculty of Education-Lebanese University. She’s an Educational Sociologist, and her main interests are focused on school climate and educational change. She has served as Educational Consultant for several governmental and non-governmental institutions (CERD, D-RASATI, Mouvement Social, Carnegie Middle East Center…). She coordinated a book on Higher Education and Labor Market in Lebanon, and wrote numerous articles related to educational reform in Lebanon, training teachers' policies and action-research impact at school-level. She edited in 2019, as Coordinator of the Research team on Education Reform, within Faculty of Education- Lebanese University, a book entitled “Educational Reform in Lebanon and its contribution to school practitioners’ professionalization”. Suzanne is currently President of Lebanese Association for Educational Studies (LAES) and Master Programs’ General Coordinator at the Faculty of Education- Lebanese University.
Maysoun Chehab is currently working as t h e Education Program Specialist and Regional Education Program Coordinator at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States. She is providing technical and professional support to the UNESCO Regional Office and their national counterparts in the Arab region . With more than 20 years' experience in the development field, Chehab is adept in program conceptualization, development, monitoring and evaluation. Her 20 years of experience, made her very familiar with the needs, available resources, possible modes of intervention, policy dialogue, partners, and potential funders that development institutions can respond to and reach out for. Chehab has contributed to the development and management of policies and programs in many countries such as, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, the Gulf, and Yemen. Throughout her career Chehab have accumulated an extensive experience working closely and constructively with governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral development partners, including UN agencies and International Organizations. She has served as an advisor to a number of local foundations, national and international organizations, helping to create innovative programs and policies to improve the conditions for children and families. Her professional interest is mainly in program development and policy planning. She is the graduate of University of Michigan, specialized in Education – with a PhD in Conflict Resolution.
Sanaa is a principal of a public high school in Mount Lebanon, and a lecturer at several Universities in Lebanon. As an expert in mathematics education and curriculum development, she served as a consultant at the Center for Research and Development in the Ministry of Education in Lebanon. Sanaa’s school joined the nafda movement in 2022 as a pioneering school. She was also elected as a member of the nafda Council that guides strategic decisions of the movement.
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