In a ground-breaking collaboration, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is joining hands with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Hariri Foundation to bring a new wave of educational opportunities to the nation's youth. The cooperation agreement, formalized today, marks a significant stride towards making quality education accessible to all.
Mr Haif Bannayan, Global Director of Business Development at the IB, along with esteemed dignitaries including Dr Abbas Halabi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and Her Excellency Bahia Al Hariri representing the Hariri Foundation, gathered to sign a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to be introduced in Lebanese public schools. The initiative seeks to empower young students across the country, encouraging them to become active participants in their own learning.
"This pilot Implementation of IB programmes in the public sector will provide unique opportunities for students to be exposed to an IB education," enthused Dr Abbas Halabi, Minister of Education and Higher Education.
Lebanon's public education system will embrace the IB framework in the public sector for the first time, starting with the Primary Years Programme. This represents a significant stride forward, with hopes of extending this initiative to encompass more of IB's programmes in the future. By taking this step, the IB continues its mission of making its education programs accessible to a diverse range of students, breaking down socio-economic barriers.
Her Excellency Bahia Al Hariri, President of the Hariri Foundation said, “By expanding the horizons of International Baccalaureate programmes in public schools in Lebanon, we take significant steps towards advancing inclusive education and social justice.”
The Primary Years Programme nurtures the holistic growth of every child, fostering an inquisitive spirit that extends beyond the classroom. With an engaging, relevant, and challenging curriculum, the PYP transforms not only the students but also the educators and the entire school community.