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Day 2/Workshops




First series of workshops:


1. Residential centers in Lebanon: towards best practices (AR/ENG)

This workshop will unite stakeholders in an open discussion on the subject of residential centers in Lebanon. The panel will discuss local challenges, best practices, and recommendations.


Moderator: Nadia Sammour (himaya)


2. Parental guidance and sexual education (AR)

Parents often have difficulty communicating with their children about matters related to sexuality. Nevertheless, positive communication between parents and children greatly helps young people to establish individual values and to make healthy decisions. How should parents discuss sex and sexuality with their children?


Dr. Charbel Jean Skaff (Université Saint Joseph)
Moderator: Ms. Sandra Manachi (himaya)


3. The Isibindi model: a community-based intervention (ENG)

The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) developed the Isibindi program in response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The word ‘Isibindi’ is isiZulu for ‘courage’. The program is a community-based intervention that provides prevention and early intervention care for children in poor communities where few services previously were available. This workshop will address how this model can be adapted in Lebanon. 


Ms. Zeni Thumbadoo (Deputy Director of the National Association of Child Care Workers - South Africa)
Moderator: Ms. Joy Abi Habib (himaya)






Second series of workshops:


1. Towards developing alternative care systems in Lebanon (AR/ENG)

In this workshop,  a situation analysis of the Lebanese context regarding alternative care measures will be presented focusing on its specificities. International standards and their adaptation to the local context will be discussed.


Ms. Nada Fawaz (Ministry of Social Affairs), Ms. Hala Abou Samra (Ministry of Justice, Mr. Patrick Halton (UNICEF), Ms. Anissa Badoui (Save Children), Ms. Amal Farhat (AFEL)
Moderator: Ms. Nadia Sammour (himaya)


2. Exploring the perception of sexuality and sex education in Lebanon (AR)

This workshop will address the question of sexual education in Lebanon taking into consideration societal taboos and religious dogma. Through an interactive exchange with the public, positives and negatives of each position will be explored to determine what is in the best interest of children.


Dr. Odile Saab
Moderator: Ms. Sima Antabli (himaya)



3. Discrimination and emotional lives of displaced youth (ENG)

The aim of this workshop is to take a fuller measure of the emotions and challenges associated with experiences of discrimination. The presenters will draw on sociological insights, recent academic debates, and their current research in Beirut to offer ways for exploring how displaced youth experience discrimination, racialized bullying, and micro-aggressions, both in schools and in their daily lives. The findings and methods discussed will offer new ideas or tools that workshop participants might find useful when engaging with displaced youth, organizations or policymakers.


Dr Liliana Riga, Mr. David Anderson, Mr. Arek Dakessian, Mr. Johannes Langer (University of Edinburgh)
Moderator: Ms. Patricia Khoury (himaya)






Third series of workshops:


1. The role of religious institutions: Dialogue with religious figures about child protection (AR)

This workshop will bring together religious leaders from various confessions to discuss openly and publicly the roles and responsibilities of religious organizations and institutions in child protection.


His Excellency Mgr. Hanna Alwan, His Excellency Sheikh Abbas Aljawhari, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Hassan Moraib, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Sami Al Mouna
Moderator: Ms. Lama Yazbeck (himaya)


2. Children with special needs: policy and interventions (FR)

Children with special needs are often at greater risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation than other children. Child protection systems should focus on the inclusion of this group of children, and their caregivers as well as address social attitudes and perceptions. Efforts should be done at both the prevention and intervention levels. How can we develop intervention strategies and policies that are adapted to children with special needs?


Dr. Pierrine Robin (PhD, Université Paris Est - France) 
Moderator: Ms. Rose Habchi (himaya)


3.Cybercrime unit: how to protect children online (AR)

In this workshop, the ISF’s Cybercrime unit will give recommendations and guidelines on how to protect children from cybercrimes, and will illustrate their intervention through case studies. 


Representative of the Cybercrime Unit 
Moderator: Ms. Kim Hechme (himaya)



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