The Lebanese Minister of Education Dr. Abbas Halabi
The One Voice Foundation, one “arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon, organized the “Permanent Renewal” conference, entitled: “To Walk Together for the Establishment of the State of Justice, the Homeland of Man”, at the Monastery of Our Lady of El-Bir – Qenaya, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, and with the participation of: Adyan Foundation The Ora Union, the Kamal Youssef El Hajj Chair for Lebanese Philosophy, the Lebanese Foundation for Citizenship, and the Lebanese Green Party. The conference dealt with education, justice, administration, and the Levant.
The conference was attended by the representative of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch Raphael 21 Minassian, Patriarchal Vicar Georges Asadorian, the Syndicate of Editors Joseph Kassifi, the Secretary General of Catholic Schools, Father Youssef Nasr, the President of Caritas Lebanon, Father Michel Abboud, the President of the Ora Union, Father Tony Khadra, the President of the Green Party Fadi Abi Allam, the President The Heart of Jesus family Salwa Estefan, along with a number of media professionals, jurists, academics and thinkers.
The meeting opened with a speech by the President of the One Voice Foundation, Antoine Kalajian, in which he spoke about “the association’s goals, the most important of which are consolidating Lebanon’s identity, protecting freedoms and human rights in it, and keeping it a wonderful model of coexistence, despite all the difficulties that beset it.”
He called on the Lebanese to “transcend sectarian affiliation to national affiliation to build the state and the nation.”
He praised the association’s work in social affairs, pointing out that “it has secured 50,000 cartons of milk for children, in cooperation with the Caritas Association, and seeks to secure other medical services in the future.”
Al- Halabi and the Minister of Education delivered a speech in which he commended the “conference and its objectives”, speaking about “
He also addressed the “workshop that was held in the Saraya for this purpose, and gathered all the people of education without exception at one table”, considering that “the Ministry of Education is not the only responsible for the education sector, but rather the responsibility of all the Lebanese, to provide the best means of education for students through accreditation.” on human competencies.
then launched the conference, which was moderated by lawyer and media figure Rola Elia, and the first lecturer was Dr. Nayla Tabbara, who spoke about “the foundations of education on active citizenship and incubating diversity, based on the experience of Adyan Inn at the level of curricula and cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Educational Center, or on the level of programs that Interfering with formal or informal education, i.e. outside educational institutions.
She also stressed the “importance of raising male and female teachers”, considering that “accepting religious and cultural diversity and positive interaction with different viewpoints is the most important axes of upbringing on active citizenship and incubating diversity and immunization from any attempts to manipulate the feelings of citizens.”
Former MP Ghassan Moukheiber
spoke about “ways to develop justice and the independence, integrity and effectiveness of the judiciary,” saying that “justice in Lebanon is not good, and so is the judiciary.”
He addressed his “vision of achieving justice and reforming the judiciary,” recalling “the symbolic image of justice represented by women who symbolize independence and impartiality from the authorities,” pointing to “impartiality that is not affected by the character of the litigating parties, and the integrity represented by the judge’s ethics so that the balance of justice does not twist.”
He presented “reform at the level of the judicial judiciary, the military court, the Judicial Council, the State Consultative Council, the Audit Bureau, the Constitutional Council, the Supreme Council for the Trial of Presidents, the various disciplinary councils, the religious judiciary, and the international judiciary.”
, Dr. Joseph Rahma emphasized “the need for administrative reform in Lebanon through developing the performance of government services”, listing “the factors that require the administrative reform process and how to implement it through re-engineering public administrations in their structural dimensions and relying on mechanization, information technology and human resource development”, recalling that The many obstacles impeding the process of administrative reform in Lebanon.
The second session resumed with Dr. Ramzi Abu Chakra, who lectured on “Education on citizenship between the glut in texts and hunger and thirst in souls: in the dominance and authority of the hidden curriculum,” wondering about “the benefit of world citizenship if a person is not a citizen of his country.”
He said: “Those who look at the citizen scene in Lebanon today realize the dangers facing our country, and feel the difficulty and accuracy of the stage.”
He pointed out that “the educational goals of knowledge, skills and values are similar to what they are in school education with an inverted pyramid that cannot be settled.” He said: “Education for citizenship begins in the field by challenging the geography that has accumulated in the minds, starting with the discovery and rediscovery of our country.”
He considered that “the challenges facing education require confrontations that go beyond the official curricula and literature.”
Dr. Rola Thebian, President of the “Dean Assad Thebyan Foundation for Peace Culture” gave a speech in which she addressed “the term transitional justice through four axes: highlighting the characteristics that distinguish it from traditional judicial justice, clarifying the relationship that binds it to individual and collective memory in the Lebanese regions that emerged in The modern history of Lebanon, from armed conflicts and clarifying the role it plays in removing society from the mentality of wartime conflict to the space of conciliatory thought that guarantees the building of man as an active entity, showing the role he plays in oral literature and witnessing the event from the victim’s perspective, so that the individual oral narrative becomes a reliable reference, The official recorded history can count on it.”
Then Professor “Kamal Youssef Al-Hajj Chair for Lebanese Philosophy” and researcher in modern and contemporary Arab thought, Dr. Hoda Nehme, lectured on “The Oriental at the heart of modernizing the concept of living together”, introducing an “initial vision that establishes a contemporary orientalism based on the philosophy of authentic coexistence, in which different entities are formed A wonderful fabric of understanding and harmony of opposites, by motivating them to meet and communicate in an environment that extends over the area of eastern humanity, which is called to recover from the instinct of violence and destruction to enjoy peace based on the principle of the union of life with God. A society in which Orientals are equal in the logic of mutual respect.
, Vice-President of the “Friends of the Lebanese University” Association, Dr. Antoine Sayah, spoke about the “political project of the Lebanese Gathering for the Entity, which launched the national document on December 7, 2021 with the aim of getting out of the political stalemate that Lebanon has been suffering from since the Taif Agreement today.”
Considering that “Lebanese society suffers from many existential problems and crises, both chronic and emergency,” he addressed the “five files raised by the project,” explaining “the reasons for limiting treatment to these files,” considering them “a starting point for a great national dialogue that would To set a road map towards building a just and capable state, as for the five files: constitutional reforms, the Senate, impartiality, expanded administrative decentralization, the civil state, and constitutional reforms.
In conclusion, the recommendations emanating from the conference were collected for study and formulation, defining an action plan and forming a follow-up committee to implement and keep pace with the conference’s conclusions