LAU hosts ceremony of 'Third Annual Middle School Conference LAU Model UN'
- Lebanon: Thursday, March 07 - 2013 at 15:13
- PRESS RELEASE
The Lebanese American University (LAU) hosted the closing ceremony of the 'Third Annual Middle School Conference LAU Model UN' at the University's Beirut Campus in the presence of former Minister of Interior and Municipalities Ziyad Baroud. Some 500 students from middle public and private schools took part in the ceremony.
Dr. Jabbra welcomed everyone to LAU and delivered a speech saying, "We are absolutely delighted that you have enrolled in this magnificent programme, and at the same time we are sad because tonight the programme that you accomplished so successfully will be completed, but we hope that the memories that you will take with you from here will bring you back to LAU to pursue your university studies at this stunning institution, and most importantly remember that this is the beginning of a journey and a lifelong mission to make sure that Lebanon and the world are a better place for all of us as well as for successive generations."
Jabbra then gave examples on international public figures who were so influential and who fought in order to reach social justice, equality and democracy such as Abraham Lincoln, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
"And so my dear friends and students, you are the hope for Lebanon and the world and Lebanon is crying for your help, for your idealism and for your efforts to build a better place and as long as we have you we will never give up on a peaceful world... the dignity of human beings remains absolutely essential," Jabbra ended.
For his part former Minister Baroud reminded the students of a very important quote by Lord Baden Powell, "Try to leave this world a bit better than you found it stressing that he can see enthusiasm on students faces, the thing that can be put a an essential answer to all those who are being negative about Lebanon's future.
"I invite them to come and sit with you so that they change their minds," Baroud added.
He continued, "As much as I am happy to see you and to be with you, I hold you responsible for the continuity of this journey highlighting that reform starts from small things."
"What you are doing is not small at all and is not simple at all, and the importance of LAU being your mentor is by itself the evidence that this academic institution is deeply integrated in its society seeking to form good citizens," Baroud added.
Jabbra then, in the name of LAU family, presented to Baroud a commemorative shield. Finally, LAU architecture student Mazen Chehabeddine called for the students to raise and recite the 'Middle School MUN 2013 Oath' which makes them Lebanese Ambassadors to the world, while Secretary General LAU Student of Engineering Joe Abi Sleiman announced the winning committee awards.
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