As part of the Faculty of Humanities (FH) and the DPED commitment to the Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) mission to “foster respect for human dignity and rights and concern for the common good,” the Education and Teaching Diploma students in EDU 313 worked alongside Jusoor, an independent, nonpolitical, nonreligious organization, founded in 2011 [US 501(c)(3)], to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and low-income Lebanese adults, youths, and children achieve their potential through programs in primary, remedial, and tertiary education.
During Spring 2018, Dr. Christine Sabieh added a service-learning component to her Educational Psychology course where students worked, throughout the semester, applying the learning theories and conditions to develop learning activities. Students created stand-alone workbooks as well as teacher manuals, lessons, and workbooks for students in K-9 grades.
Working since 2013, Jusoor’s refugee education program in Lebanon supports about 1,300 children annually in three nonformal educational centers, where it provides remedial education to children, enabling them to transfer to local public schools. One program center is a makeshift tent school in the Bekaa.
The EDU 313 students were exposed hands-on to teaching and learning in formal education settings as well as to the concepts of Service Learning and Emergency Education—all needed in today’s challenging world. Dr. Sabieh was proud of her students’ commitment to serve Jusoor and the outcome of their professional work that will cater to diverse learners. The pictures show the students presenting their workbooks, sharing their philosophy, objectives, and highlighting samples of the activities.