Youssef Hajjar, Lebanon

Youssef Hajjar obtained his B.A. and M.A. in Social Sciences at Lebanese University Lebanon, in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He pursued the doctoral programme at René Descartes University (Paris V), France, between 1976 and 1978, working on the dissertation “Ideological mobilization and reading of history in modern Lebanon”. Currently, he serves as the Senior Advisor of the Arab Resource Collective (ARC – a regional NGO supporting children’s rights, early childhood and child-to-child programmes, youth and healthy living), where he works since 1989, undertakes consultancies in early childhood policy and programming, and representing ARC at international fora. Mr Hajjar is Co-funder of ARC and has held positions of co-Director and External Relations Coordinator. Mr. Hajjar was Director of the Communications Department at the British Refugee Council, based in London, from 1988 to 1994.

From 1978 to 1987, he was successively the Associate General Secretary in Geneva, and the Middle East secretary in Beirut of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF). The WSCF programme included popular education work based on Paulo Freire's approach and a leadership development programme.

His academic career includes teaching sociology at the French University of Lyon (1970-1976) and at the Lebanese college for social work in Beirut, and participating in various sociological research projects. Furthermore, Mr. Hajjar has delivered the modules on Effective Leadership and Change Management in ECD in the University of Victoria's ECDVU course for the Middle East and North Africa in 2003, the Yemen in 2005, and currently in Africa.

 

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