LSESD’s Beirut Baptist School Faces Challenges from Coronavirus Plague and Unrest

Beirut Baptist School (BBS), a ministry of LSESD, is prayerfully planning for next year amid hardships caused by COVID-19 and the Lebanese economic downturn.

Distinctive Education

The school was founded in the 1950s, so it has a long history and important legacy that endures today. Wissam Nasrallah of LSESD explains that BBS distinguishes itself by providing high-quality education coupled with a strong spiritual curriculum in a predominantly Muslim country.

“Spiritual education is at the heart of BBS,” he says. “Most students attend chapel and Bible classes every week, which is absolutely unique since BBS serves a religiously diverse community of students mainly coming from a non-Christian background”.

The school’s other distinctive and inclusive education isn’t often found in Lebanon.

Overcoming Challenges

Schools worldwide have faced incredible challenges this year. However, Nasrallah says BBS and other schools in Lebanon encountered adversity even before the pandemic began.

“Most schools in Lebanon have been hit prior to the pandemic by the Lebanese uprising that started in October, so a lot of schools are closing their doors,” he explains. “BBS, since it’s at the heart of Beirut, was directly impacted by all the events. We opened on Saturdays to make up for lost days, and this is when the school started working a lot on its online platform.”

Because BBS invested in its online platform, the school easily connected with students online when shutdowns began.

“When the pandemic hit and the government announced the general lockdown, BBS was ready to move online. Obviously, this had many challenges for students from grades one to six who need a lot of supervision, but it worked really well for students from grades seven to 12,” Nasrallah says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer

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