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Lebanon (MNN) — For more than a decade, LSESDit’s SKILD supported children with special needs in Lebanon. But more recently they started a Partnership with the University of Notre-Dame du Liban with the aim of improving access to education.
LSESD’s Partner Relations Coordinator, Daniella Daou, said: “In Lebanon, we don’t have compulsory special education, so the students we serve in the schools would start in 9th or 10th grade, with no future in sight in terms of schooling or vocational education. »
On the NDU campus, SKILD operates an office that helps students struggling with their academic performance. NDU psychologists work with students to help them find the best academic practices for their education.
The partnership has also led to a new 2-year certificate program for students who cannot enroll in traditional institutions. Daou says this program is the only one of its kind in Lebanon. “Students take academic courses, as well as life and social skills courses. They audit regular university courses, they have on-campus and off-campus internships.
“We want them to be equipped academically and in their social skills to become independent citizens.”
Daou says LSESD wants to foster a culture of inclusion in higher education. “That’s what we don’t have right now. We are modeling the inclusive community on campus that we hope to one day see on a larger scale. »
SKILD’s work has brought together Christians from many different Christian and religious groups in Lebanon.
Pray that God’s love will be evident in the work of SKILD and other branches of LSESD.
Since the start of the economic crisis, SKILD has lost many qualified personnel as people flee the country. Daou says, “It has affected our ability to conduct assessments as usual and to serve children. Please pray that we find qualified and passionate people.
The LSESD also expects more power outages this month, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ask God to sustain the ministry.
The header photo shows Notre Dame University in Lebanon. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)