In 2011, LAU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) and now has the exclusivity and the right to use the title of “Model Arab League” as the project to be implemented in Lebanon. Consequently, LAU has partnered with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development (HFSHD) to implement the MAL program in Lebanon.
Within the same framework, the Lebanese American University, through the Outreach and Civic Engagement unit, has actively committed itself in educating the whole person and preparing world class citizens and global leaders by engaging in several leadership and simulation programs and initiatives. Because of its long history of civic engagement and success stories in the promotion and cultivation of leadership, LAU got accredited from the NCUSAR to establish a Model Arab League conference within its premises. This gave LAU exclusivity and made it the pioneer in bringing MAL to Lebanon and the Middle East.
The LAU MAL is an innovative educational program that engages Lebanese High School students in an exploration of current Arab world issues, through interactive simulations and curricular materials. It helps engage students from various religious and political backgrounds in Lebanon, to discuss various social, political and economic subjects that are affecting and shaping our Arab World. Representing one of the Arab League’s 22 member-states, student delegates work to achieve consensus on questions, with which diplomats face every day. Student leaders are given the opportunity to debate and form coalitions in order to draft and pass resolutions that seek to resolve some of the Arab countries’ most difficult challenges. The transfer of skills is conveyed through 3 training sessions, which prepare the students for a 2-day conference, simulating the various sessions and committees of the Arab League. Check the website: www.laumal.org
- Creating a culture of dissemination of knowledge about the Arab World;
- Providing leadership training for the largest amount of Arab Youth;
- Developing an Arab citizen with a deep sense of democratic values and civic engagement;
- Promoting values of peace, democracy, and justice;
- Teaching practical leadership skills;
- Introducing and discussing social, economic, cultural, and political issues facing Arab countries.
For more information contact Ghina Harb on +961.1.786456 ext. 1844