As part of the “Academy of Youth and Municipal Work” program that LOST is conducting for the academic year 2010-2011, the Youth Municipality of Chmestar visited the municipality of Baakleen where they met the mayor Dr. Noha Ghasini and other municipality members.
Dr. Ghasini stressed on the importance of local governance to promote balanced development in Lebanon. She discussed with youth the various projects implemented by the municipality in Baakleen such as the waste management plant and the agricultural research center. The mayor valued highly the role of LOST in helping youth to engage in municipal affairs and make them learn more about the responsibilities and authorities of municipalities in managing community affairs.
After meeting the municipality, the youth toured in Baakleen and visited the different sites of the city; they were impressed by the national library of Baakleen where they had the longest stopover.
At the end of this visit, the Director of Beit-Shama Branch Mr. Hussein Yazbeck handed a honoring shield to the mayor of Baakleen Dr. Noha Ghasini and thanked her on behalf of LOST for hosting the youth municipality of Chmestar.