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Monday, May 3, 2010 – 9:00 am
Unesco palace, Beirut, Lebanon

Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Rahal, the Lebanese Minister of the Environment, Beeatoona organized its 2nd annual conference on Monday, May 3, 2010, in order to celebrate the success of its projects and to praise the winners of its competition “E-waste and Battery Recycling for a Better Environment”. The conference was attended by more than 500 students from schools all over Lebanon, alongside a number of government officials and guests including: Eng. Sana Sairawan, acting director general of the Lebanese Minister of Environment; Mr. Adnan Agha; representing the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; and Ms. Joelle Moufarej, IT Minister in the Lebanese youth shadow government.

Mr. Maroun Charabati, president of Beeatoona, launched the ceremony praising the Lebanese Ministry of Environment’s efforts, noting that the ministry’s plan of work for 2010-2012 includes the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Meanwhile, Eng. Sairawan valued the role of the youth in spreading awareness among the Lebanese society, as it is the children’s responsibility to be their parents’ role model by adopting environmentally friendly behavior. During the conference, selected videos were screened. Posters depicting students’ work were also exhibited.

Prizes were distributed to the winners as follows:
  • "Aley Second Official School" for Best Poster
  • "International College- Ain Aar" for Best Video
  • "Lebanese Canadian Modern School - Rachaya" for Best Report.

This conference is part of Beeatoona’s “E-waste and battery recycling for a better environment” program, which targeted 450 private and public schools in Lebanon and Jordan and Tunisia, as well as training and recruiting more than 60 computer retail shops in Lebanon, known as official E-Cyclers, whose role is collecting E-waste from consumers.