AFED AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM, 01/01/2020
❍ Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment &
Development) magazine is AFED’s main awareness vehicle, published monthly in
Beirut and circulated throughout the Arab region. It now hosts the largest Arab
social environment community. Its portal (www.AFEDmag.com), which includes all its archive since
1996, attracts more than 2 million monthly visits. Its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/afedmag) has more than 1,000,000 followers. 14
leading newspapers in the Arab region publish monthly environment pages in cooperation
with AFED and Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia.
❍ Environmental education
AFED has developed an environmental education program for schools, supported by a comprehensive handbook and website (www.afed-ecoschool.org). It provides all material needed to initiate environmental activities in schools and incorporate environment in academic curricula. Thousands of teachers were trained on environmental education in workshops based on this program, which expanded its reach to schools in Lebanon, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria and other Arab countries. AFED publishes the Green Bulletin, a wall chart for environmental education. AFED school competitions targeting environmental action attract thousands of entries. AFED donated to Arab public schools, through ministries of education, more than 10,000 environmental books published by Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine, to enhance their environment libraries. AFED’s 2015 public opinion survey on consumption patterns attracted 31,000 participants from 22 Arab countries.
produced 12 environmental educational documentaries. Five were produced in
2015: Consuming the Future, Manmade Deserts, The Seas Support Lives, What to Do
with Our Wastes, and The Air We Breathe. They added to the previous
documentaries: Testimony of an Old Man (2008), Wet and Dry (2009), The Last
Drop (2010), Green Change (2011), Survival Options (2012), Powering the Arab
Future (2013), and Feeding 400 Million Arabs (2014). AFED documentaries are
aired on national and regional networks.
❍ Internships and fellowships
Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF): Students from universities which are AFED academic members and other univesities meet in FELF network. They join internship and exchange programs and participate in AFED’s reports and conferences. They also organize activities in their universities to promote sound environmental management and sustainable development. AFED›s short internship program, in cooperation with member universities in different Arab countries, hosted 50 senior students and fresh graduates in AFED 2015 annual conference. AFED Media Club: Journalists active with AFED operate through AFED Media Club network. 18 journalists are currently supported by AFED for its media fellowship program.