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The Alternative Academy aims to bring scientific knowledge to everyone, in line with the belief in open access to information. This program is developed in partnership with Lebanon Support.

The upcoming courses delivered by Jibal are:

The cognitive neuroscience of climate change and social justice

Friday June 21, and Saturday June 22 from 9:30 am to 5 pm at Lebanon Support office

While there is a great sense of urgency in the scientific community to act now in order to slow the imminent negative effects of global warming, most organizations continue to run their operations as though the external context has not changed. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Climate Change and Social Justice course uses research-backed evidence to focus on influencing social norms in support of long-term, sustainable behavior change. The two-day course will introduce participants to the principles of behaviour change and how these can be applied to environmental and social justice challenges.

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Environmental Challenges: Sustainability, Technology, Innovation

4 sessions: every Wednesday, from July 3rd untill July 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Lebanon Support Office

What does sustainability mean? Is there really plastic in our food? How is climate change affecting us? Participants will get the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the environmental crisis but also identify and discuss the ideas and solutions that would help us shape a more sustainable future.

Past trainings:

Enhancing Kids and Youth Engagement in Extra-curricular Activities

3 sessions: every Tuesday from 30 April to 14 May from 6 to 8 pm at Lebanon Support office

This training aims to guide facilitators through the process of planning and conducting extra-curricular activities for students. It offers a space for reflecting on our experience as well as offering tips and guidelines. The idea is for instructors and teachers to be able to build an environment where the autonomy of the kids and youth is enhanced, while offering a solidarity and inclusive framework.

Switch Perspectives: New Approaches to Media Production, Journalism, and Storytelling

Every Thursday from 28 February to 11 April at Lebanon Support, Furn El Chebbak

This course is open to people who want to improve their understanding of stereotypes and power dynamics in the context of journalism and media and who would like to find ways to do more just and equitable reporting and writing. During seven 2-hour sessions over the course of seven weeks, participants get the opportunity to locate and understand stereotypes and power dynamics, reflect on their own perspectives and positions of privilege and/or oppression, look critically at media production, and, through workshops on pitching and creative writing, explore new ways of writing and telling stories.

Rethinking Our Approaches to Aid and Development Work: Exploring Power Dynamics and Empowerment

15 and 16 February, 9:30am-5pm at Lebanon Support, Furn El Chebbak

This training is open to persons working in the field of aid and development. It offers a space to reflect on the approaches we adopt in the field while considering power dynamics and revisiting the way we really ensure empowerment.