Mekhitarist Fathers School in Rawda promised academic excellence in its first year and this materialized with a trip to Finland. The only school in Lebanon that decided to benefit from the educational system there, getting a closer look to the system and techniques used in classes that make Finland Number 1 country in education according to PISA, Program of International Student Assessment. The delegation consisted of Mrs. Rita Boyadjian, the school's Principal, Mrs. Mary Ghazarian-Gurunlian, the school's Academic Coordinator and Brother Nareg Jenanian, representative of Most Reverend Father Mesrob Sulahian, the Superior General of Mekhitarist Congregation in Lebanon and the Middle East.
The delegation visited Finland November 13 to 17 to observe the educational methods and techniques, as well as the overall system in Finland to identify methods that suit to the Lebanese system and culture, as well as adapt the tools used there to the school in Rawda. The congregation visited different preschools (6-7 year old learners) ,basic education schools (7 to 16 years old pupils, grades 1 to 9) as well as high schools and vocational schools for students grade 10 to 12 who are 16 to 19 years olds. They also met with experts in the field of education and received special trainings on school technology in the digital world and special education in the Finnish educational system. The methods and secrets of Finnish Education system will be transmitted to the teachers at the school through professional development seminars and introduce changes in the classroom as facilities and educational methods.
The training closure was the agreement signed with the president of RIVERIA, Esa Tarvinen, that is international organization that trains teachers in Finland and over the world, introducing to different nations, the culture of Finnish successful model. Their cooperation was initiated with the agreement signing and it will continue further with trainings, student exchange, visits and common conferences.
Mekhitarist Fathers School seeks to excel academically and be unique, with this original step towards student centered learning that helps prepare successful learners that are happy, optimistic, critical thinkers and come up with change to the world.