Education of a child is certainly dictated by his/her socio-economic status, leaving the
children with their limitless potential that is in many cases destroyed.
An initiative launched in North Lebanon one of the most underprivileged regions in
Lebanon, was launched to elevate the quality and essence of education for those who
Lebanon's current education systems are not designed to equip students with the
essential and needed set of knowledge, skills, values, and mindset to be ready for our
complex world since this system was designed for the first industrial revolution. This
unjust system is affecting the behavior of administrators, teachers, and parents and
every person who is around the student. Due to this broken system which is structured
by the school systems, we have in Lebanon, a new trend of educational teaching
centers was created to help students reach the bar and pass by drilling them with the
needed information. These centers are not a solution for our inequity, they are a replica
of our inequitable system.
Inspiration Garden, is a community-centered movement that is re-defining equity for
every child. It is trying to provide a holistically oriented approach designed to tackle our
unjust system through awareness, urgency, and action. Through providing the space for
student, teacher and parent development, Inspiration Garden is providing a community
of experience rather than a community of knowledge.
Founded in 2014 by passionate Lebanese youth, Inspiration Garden has managed to
create a healthy and positive setting promoting students' motivation and well-being. The
center, much like its name, is based around a garden allowing students to engage in
their studies outside the simple and traditional classroom. Furthermore, the center
works on developing the characters of both its teachers and students while fostering
21st-century skills such as grit and reflection through the programs offered at the center
that are focused on three main pillars: students, facilitators & parents.
One of the students' programs is the "Coaching Program". This program provides the
necessary tools for students to be empowered enough to set their goals on short-mid
and long terms. Other programs offered to parents is the "Coffee House Sessions
Program". This program matches parents with experts based on their needs to bring more awareness on a specific
topic such as positive parenting or sexual education.Through an informal setting,
parents will be guided to better understand their kids' needs.
Inspiration Garden reinforces academic skills and knowledge after school. However,
Inspiration Garden is not just a tutoring center, but also a safe environment for
expression through its holistic programs.
The idea of YOURS Network: From YOUth Responsibility to Self-employability is aimed at not just at developing youth’s social skills to appreciate the community, the environment and their participation in social and political processes, but also to create a network of social responsible organizations that through the training of trainers will have the opportunity to grow into social enterprises as well. The project on one hand wants to inspire youth to build up their network and be engaged in activities such as organizing campaigns around certain societal issues. But on other hand, this project will bring innovative practices on surface, allowing participants to develop self-employability skills and to get closer to the mind-set behind social enterprise.