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Lebanon

Kids with iPadToday the Learning {RE}imagined team has arrived in Beirut in Lebanon.

 

Lebanon is a country full of myths and legends with a long history of trade, tourism and investment as a result of its convenient location on the Mediterranean.

 

With a population of nearly 4 million people the countries largest border is with Syria. The spoken language is Arabic but the Lebanese are often fluent in either French or English and quite often both. The country operates an democratic republic with a parliamentary system and cabinet of ministers. Its constitution is based on the separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers. The 128 members of Parliament are elected for a 4 year term. The country benefits from a typically Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters with snow in the mountains.

 

We’re in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon and regarded as a link between Europe, Africa and Asia. It’s a modern city that sits on more than 5,000 years of history. It has been razed by 2 earthquakes, a tidal wave and fire. It has been occupied many times but never failed to regain itself and its position as the most important financial and commercial centre in the region.

 

We’re here to visit Eastwood College a K-12 school that was founded in 1973 and has recently undertaken a digital transformation programme to equip all of it’s students and teachers with tablet computers. It is the first school in the Middle East to replace its entire curriculum and books with iPads.