Newsletter No.05 - April May 2018

Hello everyone!
Here are the latest LEVIT updates:


1.  We have launched Likaât, a cycle of conferences with a monthly thematic. 
2.  Movie projections continue every Tuesday, the perfect way to improve arabic!
3. The Maan Center is still active, offering our students the opportunity to engage with the community while reinforcing their Arabic.

Fatima and her students visiting the souks of Tripoli!

"I spent two months, studying and living at the institute, and it was absolutely incredible. The amount care and love that goes into running this place was inspiring. Each semester felt like a family by the end, and I really felt myself learning every day. The founders of the institute were hands-on, attentive, and just a genuinely good group of people. I'm so happy that I chose to study with the institute, for me it was really the perfect choice: great balance between quality teaching, good fun, and cultural immersion. I could have asked for much more, except ill be going back for more of the same as soon as I can!" Harry Menzies - student at the LEVIT in February and March 2018



Likaât, 1st edition of the LEVIT monthly talks
"The new Lebanese electoral law, potentials and hiccups"


The LEVIT has set up its very first lecture. The subject was the new electoral law, voted on June 16, 2017. This law, which has been under negotiation for decades, was officially made to fight sectarianism and feudalism. We were very pleased to welcome Mohamad KALAMOUNI, delegate of LADE, and Haniya LAAESH, lawyer, to help us better understand better the Lebanese electoral system.

The talk was followed by the projection of Very Big Shot, a Lebanese movie directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya that portrays how corruption, criminal activity and politics are intertwined in Lebanon. LEVIT students loved it!

Likaât, 2nd edition of the LEVIT monthly talks
"Palestinian refugee camps: the collective memory of the Nakba"

To start our 2nd edition of Likaât, we were very pleased to welcome Dr Kamel Doraï, Research Director of Contemporary Studies department at IFPO (French Institute of the Near East) in Beirut. Dr Kamel Dorai made a presentation of the socio-political dynamics of Palestinian camps in Lebanon and the importance of the Nakba commemoration. Following the presentation, we screened the movie-documentary "The Land Speaks Arabic" by Maryse Gargour. 

Likaât, 3rd edition of the LEVIT monthly talks  
"Black-Palestinian solidarity: history of a convergent struggle"

On Tuesday 22nd, we were very happy to have a discussion with Mr Kristian Davis Bailey, journalist, activist and founder of Black 4 Palestine. He went over the connexions and mutual identifications between Palestinians and Black-Americans in their struggles against colonialism and neocolonialism. 


"Bibus", the Goethe-Institut Lebanon's mobile library

We are very happy to launch a new partnership with the Goethe Institute - Lebanon! The BibBus visited the Maan center and the children had the opportunity to discover more than 2,500 books and games. During storytelling workshops, children learned about interactive listening and will be encouraged to tell their own stories. Additionally, the BibBus hosts special activities and workshops that foster self-expression through various art-therapeutic approaches, such as film making, drawing, and graffiti.



In January our students lent a helping hand with the Maan Center in Zehrieh, providing underprivileged children with language tutorials. Here is the feedback of Matthieu, french volunteer:

''We study French with the kids four times a week, for a couple of hours at a time. The work atmosphere is definitely one in a million! We get to spend as much time giving regular classes as we do sitting with one or two of them, doing tailored activities and games. For regular French lessons, we split them up in two to three groups based on their age (which ranges from roughly 6 to 13) and level in French. We prepare our own classes beforehand in relation to their school curriculum and always work alongside another Lebanese/Arabic-speaking teacher, which helps to bring down the linguistic barrier and makes us feel more at ease in class.

We have periodic games and activities to help the children let off steam every week: dancing, pantomime, pictionary etc… This is still a nascent and energetic project, which means that it grows and evolves constantly: any new addition to the team is welcome, as are your ideas as far as the volunteers are concerned, it goes without saying that we all learn a great deal from working with these (not-so-)little devils!''

Want to discover Tripoli ?

We just launched a Facebook album dedicated to photos taken by our students! Check it out

Thank you for following the Levantine Institute of Tripoli's updates. For any questions about our activities and programs, please contact us at : info@levantineinstitute.com

Best, from Tripoli

The LEVIT team