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Students given a crash course in conflict management

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LAU–MEPI TL students participate in a conflict management workshop, led by two students representing a global initiative called Generations for Peace.

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The workshop began with an activity prompting the students to express their dreams by writing them on the board.

April 21, 2010—

LAU students studying as a part of the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program were given a crash course in conflict management, led by two students representing a global initiative called Generations for Peace, on March 30 at LAU Byblos.

The purpose of the workshop was to share several problem-solving techniques with the 22 LAU-MEPI TL students from seven Arab countries participating in the program.

The workshop began with an activity prompting the students to express their dreams by writing them on the board.

The varied responses included wanting to see equal rights for women, a secular Lebanon, and better education, while they held on to a common theme of justice. Students from Palestine and Iraq wrote that they dream of seeing their countries independent and free from violence and enemies.

Rami El Masri, a biology student from Lebanon wrote, “I have a dream to live in a society where pen and paper are the only weapons.”

Generations for Peace was launched in 2007 by Jordanian Prince Faisal Al Hussein, the younger brother of King Abdullah II, with a mission to influence young minds from hostile regions to achieve peaceful solutions to conflicts.

The two students who led the workshop, Vincent Bou Fayad and Emil Moawad, recently participated in a two-week camp that brought together youths from throughout Lebanon to train them in conflict management. They attended lectures on the subject and played sports as a method to achieve peace, something they talked about during the workshop.

“We got the message that even people who don’t know each other can work together to build something,” says Jinane Maksoud, an LAU-MEPI TL student. “It’s something we’ll need to know as tomorrow’s leaders.”


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