Education Ministry, British Council jointly launch “School Improvement Program”

November 27, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), Elias Bou Saab, the British Council and the MEHE launched on Friday the “Design and Implementation of the School Improvement programs” at the auditorium of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in UNESCO.

The launching ceremony took place in the presence of British Ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, Ministry Director General Fadi Yarak, representing Minister Bou Saab, the British Council Country Director, Donna McGowan, Education Leadership and School Improvement Expert, Elham Komaty, Leadership and School Improvement Expert, Elham Komaty, Deans of the Lebanese American University (LAU) and the Lebanese University (LU), Heads of regional education departments, local and international consultants including Intertech Batinorm and school principals and administrators from 44 public schools.

The British Council Director, Donna McGowan, commented: “The consortium presents the perfect blend of skills from the public and private sector in Lebanon coupled with international expertise from the British Council and its consultants. This reinforces the commitment of British Council to develop partnerships and work with all sectors (here) in Lebanon to further strengthen the relationship between the UK and Lebanon”.

In his delivered word, Director Yarak underlined that the looming challenges enhance the Ministry’s determination to constantly seek to improve a renewable educational and learning process, notably in our current era.

Yarak also noted that any school performance development plan must emanate from inside the school, via a school team whose mission is to work to bring about the desired development, according to the priority needs of each school.

“Today we are cooperating with the British Council to invest in its capabilities and expertise in the field of self-assessment of each school,” Yarak said, adding that such a partnership constitutes an opportunity to find out the needed experise and investing them to serve the purposes of the success of the Lebanese educational process.

In a Press release by the British Council, it said: “This is a pilot project which aims to improve the general learning outcomes of students in 300 public schools in two ways. Firstly, by defining the roles of the school planning committee and its functions through developing a system of school- assessment model and improvement planning. Secondly, by helping the MEHE develop their staff with the skills to support self- assessment and development planning in the longer term as this is a national plan.”