IT ALL STARTED
BACK IN 2013
Our story began a few years back, in a children’s hospital. Two like-minded colleagues, Nayla (a French Literature Teacher), and Nagi (a Professor in New Educational Technology), realized that children found hope, joy, and normalcy in learning. They decided to support these children, and therefore LAL was born!
Lebanese Alternative Learning (“LAL”) is an ed-tech NGO that strives to give every child access to free quality education through online digital programs and office access solutions. LAL believes that technology should be used as an equalizing force to reduce the gap between privileged and underprivileged access to education, so then Tabshoura was born!
Tabshoura (“chalk” in Arabic) is a free e-learning platform, aligned with the Lebanese curriculum and available in Arabic, English, and French. It offers digital support programs built on 21st-century skills fostering autonomy, creativity, and critical learning. Because of the unreliability of electricity and lack of internet connection in remote areas, an offline solution was needed: Tabshoura in a Box was born.
Tabshoura in a Box is a pocket-size offline server that runs on a power bank. It acts as a hotspot and allows up to 30 students to use the interactive digital content simultaneously.
Today, LAL deploys its content, which is adapted to local needs and co-created with local education experts, across Lebanon through partnerships with non-governmental organizations, community-based centers, private schools, and the public school sectors.