American Univesity of Beirut

HES Scholars Remy El Mdawar, Ely Karam, Pascale Bou Chahine, and Hady Klait team up to design a community service project (CSP) in collaboration with SOS Children’s Village in Behrsaf (Matn district)


​In a four-day digital skills workshop focusing mainly on bringing digital practices to marginalized children, the team capitalized on their personal experience with the public schooling system in Lebanon that left them without digital literacy skills or career guidance.
 
As a starting point, the team conducted extensive desk research and field assessments, revealing the extent to which the public education system in Lebanon is strained, not to mention the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications. 

Guided by an intersectional approach, the team developed and implemented a CSP that engaged sixteen orphans, semi-orphans, and other at-risk children who were introduced to Microsoft Office software, took part in a series of hands-on coding and robotics sessions, and learned how to better navigate the web. 
 
The team reflected that the informal and interactive nature of the workshops built the children’s capacities and positively contributed to the children’s psychosocial well-being. They also pointed out that working on the CSP enabled them to enhance their communication and organizational skills.


Photo Captions:

Photo 1: The team during their first introduction to robotics session
Photo 2: The team during their workshop focusing on computer literacy
Photo 3: The team during their workshop focusing on computer literacy


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