Dealing with the Past
The Taif Agreement of 1989 provided "the basis for the ending of the civil war and the return to political normalcy in Lebanon". However, old conflicts continued to smolder and new ones erupted. Processes of dealing with the past which incorporate the diverse perspectives of all Lebanese population groups remain controversial. Inclusive ways of dealing with the past would, however, enable people to relate to each other’s fears, anxieties and suffering. The project “Documenting and Popularizing Experiences of Nonviolent Activism in Lebanon” is designed to draw attention to a neglected aspect of Lebanese history through video documentations and the creation of a data base that is widely accessible by the public. The implementation of training and sensitization exercises for all confessional communities raises awareness concerning the potential of civil society to engage in non-violent conflict transformation in Lebanon.
The one page description of forumZFD's work on Dealing with Past you can find here.
In this project, forumZFD and the Lebanese Association for History (LAH) support teachers in exploring commemoration sites with their stude read more
As a part of its programme on Dealing with the Past, forumZFD supported the compilation of a study entitled "The Power of Remembrance: Political Parties, Memory and Learning about the Past in Lebanon". The study, compiled by Dr. Mara Albrecht and Dr. Basel Akar, investigates how political parties in Lebanon use the memory of the Lebanese civil war that took place between 1975 and 1990 in the educational and political field. read more
However, even during the Lebanese civil war some people refused to use violence as a means of carrying out conflict, resorting to nonviolent activism instead. These experiences build a starting point for historical research. In cooperation with the Permanent Peace Movement, the Imam Sadr Foundation and Umam Documentation and Research, we collected examples of effective nonviolent action. A film entitled "Come to me" documents the findings; it is available in Arabic and with English subtitles. read more
Recent years have seen an upsurge in activities in the field of Dealing with the Past in Lebanon but implementing organisations and activists frequently do not know the others’ projects and rarely work together. Together with its partners, forumZFD has mapped all initativese addressing conflicts in Lebanon which have been implemented since 1990. The mapping is accessible to the public online. read more
There is no national curriculum for teaching history in schools in Lebanon. The handbook "The Memory of the War", compiled by forumZFD, collects narratives from different sides of the conflict alongside other material about the civil war such as interviews, newspaper articles, pictures and exercises. Teachers are trained on how to use the handbook in the classroom. read more