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“The Makassed Schools Experience Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Native Arabic Language” by Minister Mohamed Al-Machnouk

March 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In several nations around the world, debates rage on whether school science and mathematics ought to be taught in native tongues versus English or some other ‘dominant, global’ language. Passionate arguments have been advanced to articulate the benefits and burdens for student learning and outcomes as a result of using one approach or the other. In Lebanon, native Arabic speaking children mostly learn science and mathematics in English or French starting in the primary grades. In this talk, Minister Mohamed Al-Machnouk, will share the experience of using Arabic to teach school science and mathematics across the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association’s network of schools in Lebanon. Al-Machnouk will provide a historical overview of this ‘experiment,’ discuss the resulting student outcomes, and explicate the circumstances and reasoning that shaped the eventual end of this incredibly interesting case study.

Mohamed Al-Machnouk (BA, Political Studies and Public Administration, American University of Beirut; Diploma in Media, Université de Strasbourg) is a political researcher and media and education expert. He participated in a number of national, Arab and international forums to debate the Lebanese political, economic, social, cultural and media scenery and presided over preparatory committees for a number of national conferences on peace building, on the electoral law, and on the organization of the media industry in Lebanon and the Arab world.

Lunch Provided. Space is limited, please R.S.V.P. to Caroline Weaver at


March 27, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm