Dialogue on inclusive education



Seminar Initiative

T.I.E.S organized the seminar "Dialogue around Inclusive Education", which was held on May 15, 22 and 29, 2021 online. It was addressed to researchers, professionals and (institutional) decision makers interested in the issue of inclusive education in Lebanon and was an opportunity to share knowledge, know-how and soft skills on this topic with the aim of developing an "Inclusive education development kit" specific to the Lebanese context. This event was an opportunity to ponder the key concepts of inclusive education, the diversity of structures and practices supporting it, their accessibility, as well as the role and place of parents in this dynamic. These issues were addressed from the perspective of the professionalization of the organization of cooperation and negotiations.

Our Story

The seminar "Dialogue on Inclusive Education" was the result of a partnership between T.I.E.S and researchers from seven international research laboratories, Lebanese researchers, practitioners and parents.
The scientific design of the seminar is based on the general philosophy implemented by ICARE, laboratory in October 2018 within the framework of their second international conference "Towards an inclusive society", in the islands of Reunion and Mayotte (France). This approach brings together experience and conceptualization to support the transformation of practices.

Seminar organization

The organization and implementation of the seminar addressed three themes:
  • Theme 1: From Concepts to Practices, Reflection on the structures needed to support inclusive education
  • Theme 2: The role and place of parents in an inclusive dynamic, throughout the child's school years
  • Theme 3: Professionalization the interprofessional situations

Seminar objectives

The objectives of the workshops:

  • to build a common culture;
  • to create a mobilizing horizon (Mazereau, 2015);
  • to help the teams to think as a collective;
  • to plan a project with an inclusive aim;
  • to develop an "Inclusive education development kit”.


Seminar held by

  • Michèle Kosremelli Asmar, MHA, PhD, President of Include (Lebanon), Director of the Higher Institute of Public health, Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Xavier Conus, PhD, Professor, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
  • Basma Frangieh, PhD, President and Cofounder of T.I.E.S (Lebanon)
  • Shaza Ismail, Director of the Inclusive Program at Al-Mabarrat Association (Lebanon)
  • Nidal Jouni, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, University of Science and Arts (Lebanon)
  • Jean-Claude Kalubi, PhD, Professor, University of Sherbrooke (Canada)
  • Ghia Khoury, Head of an Inclusive School, The Orthodox College of the Annunciation of Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Corinne Mérini, PhD, Associate Researcher, Laboratoire ACTé Clermont Auvergne (France)
  • Sr Patrice Moussallem, PhD, Director of the Father Roberts Institute – IPR (Lebanon)
  • Liliane Pelletier, PhD, Professor, University of La Réunion, Laboratoire Icare (France)
  • Serge Ramel, PhD, Professor, University of Teacher Education of the Canton of Vaud and International Laboratory on Inclusive Education (Switzerland)
  • Serge Thomazet, PhD, Associate Researcher, Laboratoire ACTé Clermont Auvergne (France)
Seminar moderated by
  • Joumana Akiki, PhD, Professor, Lebanese University (Lebanon)
  • Marco Allenbach, PhD, Professor, University of Teacher Education of the Canton of Vaud (Switzerland)
  • Micheline Aoun, PhD, Associate Professor, Lebanese University (Lebanon)
  • Fadi El Halabi, Psychotherapist for Couples and Adults, Executive Director of EDAN (Lebanon)
  • Nicole Monney, PhD, Professor, University of Québec at Chicoutimi (Canada)
  • Thierry Philippot, PhD, Professor, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)




Inclusive Education in the Lebanese Education System

A series of seminars entitled "Inclusive education in the Lebanese education system" were conducted by T.I.E.S in six regional centers of the Center for Educational Research and Development – Lebanon: Baalbeck, Sin El Fil, Saida, Tripoli, Aley and Jounieh. They were addressed to the school principals, teachers, supervisors and specialized teachers. These seminars, based on the Guide for ensuring inclusion and Equity in Education (UNESCO, 2017), took place in June and July 2019.

Seminar objectives
  • Clarify concepts and principles related to inclusive education;
  • Analyze the legal and regulatory framework related to inclusive education;
  • Present the transition from separate to inclusive education;
  • Develop an understanding of the challenges of inclusive practice.

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

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