Keynote Speech by : Mrs. Asmahan Zein
President of the Lebanese League of Women in Business and Partner at Filovault/Crypta sal
The DAN Roadshow, Beirut Feb. 2019
Good afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure and honor to be among you today, to share our experience, problems and future aspirations. In addition to the needs and rights of our future generation for a better education.
Before I start, it is worth mentioning that to write this speech with the right information, I had to go through different resources.
Lebanese League for Women in Business started in 2006 with a sole mission, which is to empower women, build networks, and open opportunities for them to work together and enhance their skills.
LLWB now evolved and spread their wings to work on different projects that benefit girls’ students, startups, in addition to entrepreneurs.
Two weeks ago, Lebanon hosted the Machrek initiative launched by the World Bank. The purpose was to empower women economically and find common grounds to enhance the network of women in the region (Jordan/Iraq & Lebanon).
In brief all international donors, are calling, advocating and funding programs to develop and enhance education and women empowerment.
It is no secret that Lebanon in general, has a good quality of education, although the gap between public and private schools’ level of education is big. The Lebanese University is fragmented with a lot of political interference. In addition to many unaccredited private universities that are neither monitored or controlled by any Government entity.
Many of our students graduating from most of the public schools’ and part of the private ones, lack mastering foreign languages, whether English or French, in addition to basic computer skills. this is depriving them of the opportunity of future enrollment in the right specialty at a reputable university.
We are still following the 1997 curriculum in schools which still lag on the level of embedding the computer skills in their curriculum, the lack of professional teachers, or the lack of the needed tablets. We should not forget the huge impact of the displaced Syrian students on Lebanese public schools.
Most importantly we have no vocational schools that cater to our market needs.
Many of the private schools too lack the proper standards of education, and environment.
Today we are here to discuss how to enhance and encourage our youth to gain the needed digital skills, how to use this knowledge in developing their ideas, to be ready and qualified to either start companies that cater to the present and future needs of the Lebanese labor market, or to be employed in such companies.
Technology and Art courses (in public schools) are within the curriculum but only from the 7th grade and above, but not mandatory.
How to move forward:
In addition, it will help access to gaming (either by teachers, students, parents, or independently)
Saying the above brings me back to activities of LLWB on different platforms that cater to youth future education.
Mixing technical and engineering skills, the training exposes the participants to the concept of creativity and innovation and empower them with technical skills. By the end of the training the participants will be able to design, sketch and execute on their own.
The training is delivered in 3 levels over 12 days, and targeting marginalized youth aged between 16-25 years old.
Last but not least, as you see, there is a lot of work to be done, with the support and coordination among all stakeholders whether internationally or locally.
Looking forward to future collaboration and knowledge sharing with all our partners and future partners in the MENA region.