Following the recommendation of several school principals, the Michel Chiha Foundation has decided to submit two topics for the 2016 inter scholar competition.
Here below are the two themes (quotes from Michel Chiha’s writings):
“When confessions have no political representation, religious chiefs will naturally represent them. Thus, rather than tempering themselves and blending into the life of the nation as befits a country this century, confessional issues bounce back and are exacerbated”. Domestic Politics, August 30th, 1944
“Palestine, a land sacred to three faiths, Christian, Muslim and Jewish, is for this reason and others, indivisible; the international trusteeship formula must be retained for it so that none of the protagonists can dominate the other or others”. Palestine, May 3rd, 1946
The competition took place on March 5th 2016, at the Moevenpick Hotel Beirut.
151 participants from 22 schools participated in the language of their choice.
4 subjects/themes from Michel Chiha’s books have been proposed; 2 from Domestic Politics and 2 from Palestine:
Subject 1: “As I have explained for some time, for us, the Chamber of Deputies (…) is the official demonstration of our ‘desire to live together’ and the will to share in the state’s gestation period. If we abandon this, we will instantaneously fall into religious assemblies (…).” Domestic Politics, July 30th, 1947
Subject 2: "You need not be a wizard for the administrative machine to function better, for the state’s money not to be wasted, for holidays not to become even more numerous, for an election not to become a deception, for citizens to find civil servants who listen attentively, and for favour and intrigue not to violate laws systematically."
Domestic Politics, December 12th, 1946
Subject 3: “Arab resistance is not only necessary; it is vital. In the long term, it is truly, it is genuinely a matter of life and death for the Near East, from Asia to Egypt.”
Palestine, May 18th, 1948
Subject 4: “Hence an unstable Near East is in the process of becoming one of the sins of the world.” Palestine, January 6th, 1949
The award ceremony was held on Saturday May 14th 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Bristol Hotel.
(Watch presentation of schools and award ceremony here)
List of the participating schools:
Collège des Frères Mont La Salle
Collège Louise Wegmann
Makassed -Houssam Eddine Hariri High School - Saida
National Evangelical Institute for Girls and Boys - Saida
Grand Lycée Franco-Libanais
Collège Notre-Dame de Nazareth - Beirut
Collège Notre Dame du Mont Carmel des Srs Carmélites- Fanar
École Notre Dame de la Paix des Sœurs Basiliennes Chouérites – Dora
Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour
Collège des Saints Cœurs - Sioufi
Collège de La Sagesse - Beirut
Lycée Saint Elie -Darbessim
Antonine Sisters School Hazmieh- Jamhour
Ecole du Couvent St Sauveur
Institution Ste Anne the Sisters of Charity of Besançon
Collège Protestant Français
Daughters of Charity School Dar En-Nour
Ecole Saint Jean-Marc des Soeurs des Saints-Coeurs - Jbeil
Rafic Hariri High School - Saida
College Khadija El- Kobra / Makassed
Brummana High School
Ecole St Joseph de l’Apparition - Beirut
The Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 competition:
In the Arabic language category:
First Prize was awarded to Aline Meghaizel of the Lycee St. Elie in Darb Essime in Sidon.
Second Prize was tied between Raneem AI Assaad of the National Evangelical Institute for Girls and Boys in Sidon and Hind Choucair of the Makassed-College Khadija El Kobra in Beirut.
Third Prize was also tied between Rima Saliba of the College des Sceurs des St. Coeurs in Jbeil and Ayten Diab ofthe Institution St. Anne des Soeurs de Besanyon in Beirut.
In the French language category:
First Prize was awarded to Alia Karam of the Grand Lycee Franco-Libanais in Beirut. Second Prize was won by Jad Aoun of the College Louise Wegman in Beirut
Third Prize went to Moussa Prince of the College Louise Wegman in Beirut.
In the English language category:
First Prize went to Enzo AI Adm of Brummana High School, Metn.
Second Prize was awarded to Serena Maria Dib of the College Notre Dame de Nazareth in Beirut
Third Prize was won by Rayan Dabbous of the College Protestant Franyais in Beirut.