Campaign successfully funded on: 17 Aug,2013
We are a group of teachers, academics, activists and students who are passionate about developing and improving teaching in Lebanon.
Mahmoud Natout is a Doctoral candidate in Educational studies at the University of Oxford and an instructor in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. His research on beginning teachers’ motivations and career aspirations, as well as his experience as a teacher, have both inspired him to ceaselessly explore ways to empower teachers in Lebanon to develop their practice.
Sara Sibai has an MSc in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford. Her research focused on the politics of recognition in education, which has the idea of creating a platform for teachers to voice their experiences and connect with the community. She teaches leadership, creative writing and performance, and literature at Wellspring Learning Community.
Moataz Tayara is a Masters Student in Clinical Psychology at Haigazian University. He has a B.A. in Business Finance from the Lebanese American University (LAU). Moataz has been deeply involved in social work for the past five years as an activist and as a professional working with several key NGOs in Lebanon. He believes that teachers can play a crucial role, as learners, leaders and activists, in transforming education in Lebanon.
Maysa Mourad has an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Wellesley College in Peace & Justice Studies. Her research interests are in peace education, civic education, and active citizenship. She is currently forming lesson plans for activating civic textbooks and promoting peace education related skills for the Permanent Peace Movement, an NGO based in Lebanon.
The need to LIFT:
Education concerns us all. Whether we are students, teachers, educators, parents, activists, or policy-makers, we have a vested interest in education. That's because we are aware of how much it shapes our personal and professional lives, and our society in general. Most of us can think of one or two exceptional teachers that have genuinely made a difference or left their print on our personal or professional journeys. Yet, our stories about these special teachers remain personal, and those teachers seldom have the opportunity to be recognized, as well as to share their experiences, inspire other teachers, and contribute to developing teaching as a practice in Lebanon.
As a result, LIFT seeks to develop a platform that facilitates a collaborative network of resources and activities aiming to capture those stories about teachers and making them available for teachers (experienced and new), teacher educators, schools, administrators and educational leaders in Lebanon. This is intended to achieve the following:
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Since completing my MSc in Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford in 2011, I have been exploring ways to empower both teachers and students through community bridging and service, story-telling, poetry and performance. I currently teach leadership,…Full biography