Adyan's 'Alwan' and 'Alwan Junior' programmes build the capacity of young people in Lebanon to positively manage diversity
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Adyan launched Alwan in 2007 as a response to growing sectarian tension among young Lebanese, and an acknowledgment of the responsibility and opportunity for education to address this challenge within the school framework.
Adyan responded to this situation and created Alwan to treat ignorance, segregated wounded memories, and negative feelings towards religious diversity that feed sectarian attitudes. Over the past 12 years, the Alwan program has reached a total of 67 High-Schools, 208 educators and 4,716 graduates. In 2018, Alwan Junior was launched, with a focus on younger students.
In place of sectarian and negative divisions, Alwan and Alwan Junior build the capacity of students to positively manage diversity and to contribute to building a new culture of living together in the framework of proactive and inclusive citizenship.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closure of schools, however, means the programmes must be adapted to take place online.
Via Adyan's online learning platform - www.TeachCoexistence.com - Adyan was able to transform Alwan and Alwan Junior to take place via virtual groups and meetings. (TeachCoexistence is an online space for learning and teaching related to citizenship, FoRB, and living together in solidarity and peace. The platform is managed by Adyan Foundation’s Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management.)
In addition, rather than planned in-person activities such as community service and a graduation, creative alternatives are being planned. These alternatives will give an opportunity for continued relationship-building, achievement of milestones, and will also endeavour to respond to emerging needs of communities in Lebanon.
The overall aim is to create a generation of empowered and active young citizens who are ready to be role models in peaceful coexistence, at a time when the world needs to live in solidarity.
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Founded in 2006, Adyan is a foundation for Diversity, Solidarity and Human Dignity. Adyan implements its projects in cultural, educational, media, policymaking, social, and spiritual fields. Besides the support of its members, the foundation also benefits from the commitment of its networks of youth, volunteers, ambassadors, families, social activists, and honorary members, in addition to its qualified professional team.