Bawabat Al Ibtikar

  • Health & Primary Education
  • Technological Readiness
  • Innovation

Bawabet Al Ibtikar is designed to drive STEAM activities targeting public school students through a connected and structured setting managed by the schools themselves with the support of public and private sector stakeholders, as well as IDEAS. A joint collaboration between the private and public sector, preparing students for the needs of the digital/knowledge economy by stimulating critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. This pilot is currently running in greater Beirut area, Saida, Aley, and Chekka.

Bawabat-Al-Ibtikar

The Innovation Gate program, otherwise known as Bawabat Al Ibtikar, aims to establish early cognitive capabilities for public school students by creating innovative spaces that integrate technology with education through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities. Innovation Gate adds a necessary progressive dimension to learning that is totally absent in Lebanon’s public school system.

The Association of Ideas that Accelerate Growth (IDEAS) is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), the Ministry of Telecommunications as well as a host of training and content delivery partners to create innovative spaces in Lebanese public schools that integrate technology with education through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities

The extra-curricular model paves the way for technology integration that will allow enhancement and support learning within the public school. The Pilot Project Bawabat Al Ibtikar is designed to drive STEAM activities and instructions to students in all public schools through a connected and structured setting managed by the schools themselves with the support of public and private sector stakeholders, as well as IDEAS.

The activities conducted in the space will prepare Lebanese students for the needs of the digital/knowledge economy by stimulating critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Furthermore, this innovative portal will enable and allow students to engage, explore, experience and become exposed to coding and robotics skill sets, which they can tie back to pragmatic real-world projects.

IDEAS Adopts Bawabat Al Ibtikar as a Target.

  • April 2018

IDEAS submits a formal proposal to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for equipping 5 schools with STEAM rooms.

April 2018
May 2018

IDEAS receives official approval from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to launch Pilot in 5 schools

  • May 2018

IDEAS coordinates with DOPS, the MEHE IT Department and DG’s office to move the project forward

  • June - October 2018
  • Pre-pilot survey assessment conducted in each school
  • Official Letter sent to schools requesting they nominate instructors with ICT backgrounds to act as facilitators
  • Meetings with MEHE DG office and IT Department to determine logistics and proceedings
June - October 2018
November-December 2018

IDEAS Activates Preparation Phase

  • November-December 2018
  • BOQ compilation and proposal assessment from 5 potential contractors finalized and under review
  • IDEAS involves the MEHE Engineer on discussions regarding space development requirements
  • 11 Content Delivery partners confirmed to provide their educational hours free of charge at the 5 public schools

IDEAS Identifies Site Construction Requirements

  • January 2019
January 2019
February 2019

New Government in Place

  • February 2019

Approval to Break Ground Obtained

  • April 2019
April 2019
May 2019

Sponsors Chip Into the Pilot

  • May 2019
  • ZRE, developer of the Beirut Digital District, decides to sponsor renovation at the Bachoura School
  • Tinol offered a donation of Paint for the Pilot project

IDEAS Breaks Ground

  • June - September 2019
  • Contract signed with Contractor
  • Works begin at 5 schools
  • IDEAS monitoring progress through weekly site visits
  • Rehabilitation process.
June - September 2019
June - September 2019

IDEAS Follows Up on Program Activation

  • June - September 2019

First part of Training of the Faciliators and Principals conducted at ACS

  • October 2019
  • Scheduling of sessions begins with schools
  • Progress on all fronts was halted by the Lebanese Uprising. Trainings were not completed due to the closure of roads.
  • ACS training Photos.
October 2019
November 2019

Space Rehabilitation Complete

  • November 2019

Progress on all fronts was halted by the Lebanese Uprising. Sessions are being rescheduled based on the new school schedule and the technology component including internet connectivity has been delayed due to the current political situation.

Re-scheduling of Partner Sessions at Public Schools

  • December 2019

Sentence: Road blockades and uncertainty still prevailing over the curriculum. Full launching of the program is expected by Term 3 of the Scholastic Year 2019-2020

December 2019

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