By Jessy Chahine
Workshop participants at La Sagesse University.
7 May 2007 - As one of 18 National Offices that are taking part in the Global Campaign for Education, World Vision Lebanon, in collaboration with the Institute of Human Rights at the Beirut Bar Association, taught 25 young people in Lebanon that education is a basic human right in a seminar on Saturday. The theme was “Education as a Human Right”.
Participants were aged between 16 and 25. Half were World Vision volunteers and the other half were staff from Area Development Programs (ADPs).
The event is part of the Global Campaign for Education, which hosts an Action Week in April each year to commemorate the Education for All Declaration, and to raise awareness surrounding education rights issues.
World Vision is conducting activities in 18 National Offices during this campaign to raise the profile of education as a key development issue. Action Week generates significant media coverage, providing a unique opportunity to remind leaders of the urgency of delivering education to all people and to press for specific policy changes at a national level.
In Lebanon, World Vision is supporting activities conducted by the national coalition of UNESCO and Al-Mabarrat.
“This Action Week gave us a great opportunity to mobilise public pressure on government and local civil society groups to emphasise the right of everyone to access to free quality education,” said Patricio Cuevas-Parra, World Vision Lebanon advocacy and humanitarian protection manager.
‘We have joined the national Global Campaign for Education coalition in Lebanon because we believe that effective networking contributes to successful advocacy work. Our contribution is to unite organisations in a common effort to make a high impact in Lebanese society,” Cuevas said.