Assistance To Schools

ASSISTANCE TO SCHOOLS - Sagesse Brasilia and Sagesse Plus

OpenMinds is proud to have helped four additional schools by reinforcing and enhancing school support and services for students with special needs.

Sagesse Brasilia and Sagesse Plus

OpenMinds was a primary partner in the major refurbishing of the premises for students with special needs at the Sagesse – Brasilia school. The initial goal of the project was to renovate a floor within the school dedicated to inclusive education. The project was expanded in light of the enthusiasm and vision of Father Superior of the College, Reverend Father Pierre Abi Saleh, and Father Tony Karam. Thanks to their ambitious ideas, the pilot project will now provide necessary support for special needs students in a natural setting, and expand such services to a wider student population after school hours. The center was inaugurated in September of 2017 and has a capacity of 60 students.

Beirut Baptist School

OpenMinds support to Beirut Baptist School (BBS) in the heart of Beirut, has led to significant expansion, enhancement, and accommodation for its Special Education program. The program identifies students with learning difficulties and provides them with appropriate academic, social, and emotional interventions within the school curriculum. The vision of BBS is to reduce gaps between student current performance and developmental levels. Special educators, therapists, and teachers cooperate collaboratively to help students reach their ultimate potential.  A new department under construction with support from OpenMinds will house this program that will enable enrollment of additional special needs students.

Beirut Baptist School

 

Ahliah School

OpenMinds granted Ahliah School in Beirut in April 2018 funds to support its inclusion program. The collaboration enhances Ahliah programs, particularly for students with learning difficulties, by providing resources and training.  The grant will be used to purchase specialized educational resources for the school. Part of the professional development support provided by OpenMinds, included a workshop conducted by Ms. Lara Khatib on the practice of differentiated instruction in mainstream classroom environment.

Ahliah School classroom

Shouf National College

OpenMinds granted funds in May 2018 to Shouf National College to refurbish the Learning Support Department and its resources at the school. This work is in progress and will be completed in time for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Shouf National College

 

Trait D’Union services

OpenMinds partnership with Trait D’Union, a resources and orientation center, established by the Foyer de la Providence and the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement, continues for the second year. Trait d’Union assists mainstream public/private schools by providing training and support for the implementation of inclusive practices involving parents, teachers, and therapists. OpenMinds renewed funding of training sessions to seven private schools and donated additional funds for training and materials for partner schools.

Trait D'union Teachers workshop

Wednesday, September 13, 2017