As a founding member of the Girls Got IT: Exploring Engineering and Technology in Lebanon, I am excited to give an insider view of this exciting initiative that brought together more than 400 girls in Lebanon. Each girl was enrolled in a three hour workshop on a topic related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and design, and Mathematics). There were 21 workshops in total provided by 19 different institutions including coding and development, environmental engineering, hands-on engineering, design and animation, architecture, interior design, urban planning, and innovation. The event turned out to be a great success and the girls showed very high levels of empowerment.
How it started
It all started with the ArabWIC-WIT-LLWB-WIE Collaboration online meeting in August 2015. Asmahan Zein (LLWB), Sana’ Odeh (ArabWIC), Salam Yamout (WIT), Ghida Ibrahim (ArabWIC), and myself were discussing the possible collaboration between our four organizations to work towards inspiring and empowering business woman in the technology field in Lebanon. This meeting was aimed towards understanding the objectives of each association and gauging the feasibility of…
DOT Lebanon provided digital literacy training to 10 education caregivers from World Vision Lebanon. The training will be vital in the efforts to provide online learning opportunities for Syrian children in Lebanon.
The ICT in education “No Lost Generation: No Syrian child is left behind" project is being implemented by World Vision Lebanon and Tabshoura, an online alternative learning tool. Training was provided by the DOT Lebanon Area Managers, Bekaa, Mariam Haidar, and three Teacher Facilitators, Souad Taha, Houssam Shamseddine, and Ali Obeid.
There were two main workshops that were provided:
Workshop Level 1 focused on building the digital skills of the World Vision staff members. The training…
DOT Lebanon - Bekaa Area Manager, Mariam Haidar and teacher facilitators, Houssam Shamseddine, conducted a gaming development workshop at Arc en ciel for a group of 10 youth from the Rainbow club.
|Bekaa Area Manager, Mariam Haidar introducing the workshop|
The workshop started by introducing the participants to the Middle East gaming sector with a focus on Lebanese gaming and the gaming development process with emphasis on Wixel Studios. Participants were introduced to the fundamentals of gaming concepts, including how they work, creating them, and the different methodologies of game development.
The main topics of the workshop were targeting 2D game development using…
Meet Mr. Mohammad Issa, a physics teacher at Al Achrafieh Second Secondary Public School in Beirut
During the first few weeks of TeachUp!, Mr. Mohammad Issa, a Physics Teacher at Al Achrafieh Second Secondary Public School was not sure about participating in the program. He kept saying, “I want to learn but... is it difficult? Will I really be able to use the active board in my classroom? What about other software?"
I met with Mr. Issa several times, trying to simplify the use of technology and explaining its importance in the classroom. He was motivated and wanted to know every single…
Mariam El Shafie is facilitating DOT's TeachUp! program at three schools in the South Lebanon area.
Mariam Al Shafie, MSc holder in Chemistry, is a Teacher-Facilitator at three schools in the Saida area (Haret Saida, Saida for Girls, and Dr. Nazih Bizri Secondary Public Schools). Ever since she joined those schools as a Teacher-Facilitator she has had great impact.
The Principals at the three schools were aware of the gradual change that Mariam was able to spark in teachers’ creativity as they prepared their lessons using ICT. Most of the registered teachers began preparing all their…
Dhour Shweir Public Secondary School joined the D-RASATI 2 project in March 2014, and this year the school will continue to integrate Teacher-Facilitators who are delivering the TeachUp! program.
Mrs. Daou is a chemistry teacher Dhour Shweir Public Secondary School. I worked with Mrs. Daou as a Teacher-Facilitator, and we collaborated to help her find ways to integrate technology into her classroom.
While originally Mrs. Daou was a little resistant to using technology because she felt that doing work in the laboratory would provide a better experience and would be easier than using digital tools, we did eventually come around to an understanding of the benefits of technology.
On May 27, 2015, DOT Lebanon organized an event for all donors, stakeholders, partners, and staff to celebrate the organization's 10th anniversary.
The anniversary event was held under the patronage of the Canadian Ambassador to Lebanon, Her Excellency Michelle Cameron. Also present was Ms. Janet Longmore, the President and CEO of DOT, Ms. Jane Jamieson, an Executive with DOT, and other local partners, staff, and stakeholders.
The 10th anniversary highlighted the impact of DOT Lebanon's projects throughout the past decade. That happened by developing a network of 34 international and local public and private partners, empowering 84…
BEIRUT - May 27, 2015 – Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Lebanon is marking a decade of community impact in the country.
Over the past 10 years, DOT Lebanon has reached thousands of women, youth, teachers, students, and refugee communities, equipping them with the skills and confidence to become the country’s new generation of leaders.
“This is an incredible record of achievement for DOT Lebanon,” says Janet Longmore, President and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust. “DOT Lebanon is developing in youth the skills and self-confidence to build brighter futures and develop the resilience to overcome the challenges…
Ms. El Khoury is facilitating DOT's TeachUp! program at three schools in the North Lebanon area.
1. Why did you join our TeachUp! program?
I joined DOT Lebanon to participate in the Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teacher Improvement Program II (DRASATI 2) project. Even though teaching has nothing to do with my major, I applied since I thought it was a good opportunity to help teachers improve their technical skills.
2. How would you describe your experience during your school deployment?
It was definitely the first time I have had an experience like this! At the…
The Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Lebanon and USAID Representatives visit Baakline Secondary Public School
On Thursday, April 16th, 2015, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Lebanon, Mr. Marc Desjardins, visited Baakline Official Secondary School to learn more about the effects the DRASATI-2 project has had students, teachers, schools, and the educational system as a whole.
The event was also attended by the President of the Union of Municipalities of Chouf and Al Swayjani, Dr. Noha Al Ghoussaini, the World Learning Chief of Party, Dr. Wafa Kotob, DOT Lebanon Country Director, Mrs.…
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