REACH 2022

The second edition of the international conference REACH organized by T.I.E.S in partnership with AUB will be held on May 19-20, 2022, via Zoom. The conference is intended for teachers, professionals (special educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, educational counselors , etc.), policy makers, advocates, members of parents committees and researchers, as well as associations that work with vulnerable and marginalized children.

This conference will be an opportunity to reflect on this upheaval of practices imposed by the pandemic, and to think about new forms of support, to propose innovative practices and adapted strategies taking into account the needs of all students, favoring the construction of resilient educational systems in the service of an equitable and sustainable development.

Conference objectives

  • Address vulnerable and marginalized students‘ needs in times of crisis;
  • Identify the issues, challenges and barriers of e-learning;
  • Identify strategies for more accessible e-learning for all and specifically for vulnerable and marginalized children;
  • Present digital solutions that support learning for vulnerable and marginalized children;
  • Elaborate key elements for creating an accessible learning environment;
  • Discuss ways to counter all forms of discrimination;
  • Suggest remedies for structural discrimination (lack of access to computer tools, Internet connections or family barriers).

REACH 2022 Program

Thursday, May 19, 2022

2 :00 – 2 :30 pm
(Beirut time)

National anthems with Father Roberts Institute, Lebanon

And Step Together Association, Lebanon

Welcome speech

  • Yousif Asfour, Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer at the American University of Beirut
  • Serge Thomazet, Researcher at ACTé laboratory, Member of the scientific committee of T.I.E.S
  • Rima Karami Akkary, Chairperson of the Department of Education and Associate Professor, at the American University of Beirut
  • Rabih Frangieh, Co-founder of T.I.E.S

2 :30 – 3 :30 pm

Opening session: L'éducation inclusive et l'impact de la pandémie : nouveaux défis pour les pratiques
Guest Speaker: Eric Plaisance (Professeur émérite de l'Université Paris Descartes - Centre de recherches sur les liens sociaux, Professeur invité à l'Université fédérale UNIRIO, Rio de Janeiro - Brésil)
Moderator: Monica Rahmé (Professeur, Université Fédérale de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte - Brésil)

The plenary conference will be simultaneously translated into English.

3 :30 – 3 :45 pm


3 :45 – 5 :30 pm

Parallel paper sessions
Session 1: Modalités pédagogiques et numériques pour favoriser des pratiques inclusives
Moderator: Nicole Monney (Professeur, Université de Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada)

  • Geneviève St-Denis et Mélanie Paré (Université de Montréal, Canada) : La formation courte et à distance pour faciliter la mise en œuvre de pratiques universelles intégrant les aides technologiques.
  • Emmanuel Ouoba et Marc Trestini (Université de Strasbourg, France) : L’environnement informatique d’apprentissage, un dispositif pour faciliter le développement de l’estime de soi des élèves déficients auditifs ?
  • Ana Carolina Machado Ferrari (Centre Universitaire UNA - Belo Horizonte, Minas Gérais, Brésil), Mônica Maria Farid Rahme (Université Fédérale du Minas Gérais - Belo Horizonte, Minas Gérais, Brésil) et Shirley Aparecida Miranda (Université Fédérale du Minas Gérais - Belo Horizonte, Minas Gérais, Brésil) : La production de l’encre de jenipapo et la possibilité de promouvoir une Éducation Inclusive dans une école autochtone Xakriabá.
  • Mônica Maria Farid Rahme et Anamaria Viana (Université Fédérale du Minas Gérais - Belo Horizonte, Minas Gérais, Brésil) : Art et Différence : l’invention d’autres modes de présence en période d'isolement social.

The workshop will be presented in French; no translation will be provided.


Session 2: Distance learning and the challenges of making teacher-student and family connections
Moderator: Maha Zouwayhed (Associate Director, Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park (Zein AUB iPark), American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

  • Reem Mouawad and Sandra Rouhana (Step Together Association and Waldorf Beirut, Lebanon): Inclusive Waldorf Education During the Spread of COVID 19 Pandemic.
  • Rita Rousselle Matta (Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais, Beirut, Lebanon): Online learning and its prospects seen by students with special needs at Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais, Beirut.
  • Hana AbuKhadra Salem (American University of Beirut, Lebanon): Next Step at AUB: Our journey through a pandemic.

The workshop will be presented in English; no translation will be provided.


Friday, May 20, 2022

8 :45 – 9 :00 am
(Beirut time)


9 :00 – 9 :30 am

Opening session: Insides into UNESCO's training pack on : “Reaching out to all learners: a resource pack for supporting inclusion and equity in education”
Guest Speaker: Maha Khochen-Bagshaw (Senior education consultant specializing in equity and inclusion, Leicester, United Kingdom)

Moderator: Nidal Jouni (Instructor and Researcher University of Sciences and Arts, Lebanon)

The opening session will be simultaneously translated into French.

9 :30 – 10 :00 am

Interactive workshop 1: Leading inclusive school development
Presenter: Maha Khochen-Bagshaw

Interactive workshop 2: Developing inclusive practices
Presenter: Nidal Jouni

Interactive workshop 3: Working with partners
Presenter: Basma Frangieh

10 :00 – 10 :30 am

Summary of the three workshops
Presenter : Maha Khochen-Bagshaw
Moderator : Nidal Jouni

The summary of the three workshops will be simultaneously translated into French.

10 :30 – 10 :45 am


10 :45 am – 12 :15 pm

Roundtable : Vers une école inclusive résiliente...
Presenter: Joumana Akiki (Professeur, Université libanaise – Liban)
Rouba Andraos (Orthophoniste, Father Roberts Institute – Liban)
Marielle Rassi (Parent, doctorante en sciences de l’éducation - Liban)
Nayla Abi Antoun (Consultante pédagogique – Liban)
Marco Elias Sala (Principal in the Pedagogical Centre of Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brésil).

The roundtable will be simultaneously translated into English.

12 :15 – 12 :25 pm

Interactive summary

Moderators: Rana Al Ghazzi (Senior Instructional designer, American University of Beirut, Lebanon) and Rayane Fayed (Senior Digital Learning Manager, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

The interactive summary will be simultaneously translated into French and English.

12 :25 – 12 :30 pm

Closure of the conference

Hala Nakad, Co-founder of T.I.E.S

Our partners

T.I.E.S (Together for Inclusive Educational Systems) NGO,
American University of Beirut - AUB.

Zalka, Matn District, Mount Lebanon Governorate, Saydeh street, Samarani Tower building, 5th floor.

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