Alternative Academy

The Alternative Academy (AA) is a joint initiative by Lebanon Support and JIBAL.

The AA is a multi-disciplinary space for critical thinking, discussions, and learning. It was born out of a shared quest for intellectually stimulating, affordable and open courses in the country. It provides alternative viewpoints and perspectives on various subjects while encouraging people to revisit and rethink mainstream concepts and ideologies. Ultimately, the AA aims at contributing to building a more open, just and inclusive society.

Fulfilling the mission of the Civil Society Incubator to provide tailored knowledge and support, and in line with Jibal’s strive for environmental and social justice, the Alternative Academy aims to bring scientific knowledge to everyone, in line with the belief in open access to information and lifelong learning.

The Spring 2020 courses are now open for registration. The Alternative Academy is offering a wide range of courses, from social and political sciences (anthropology, sociology...) to natural sciences (physics, climatology, entomology…) as well as architecture and arts. They are led by university-level instructors or experienced individuals that are experts in their fields. Courses are accessible for all age groups and backgrounds, are highly engaging and interactive, in an attempt to promote alternative teaching methods and pedagogies, one of the long-term objectives of the AA.

You can find the full list of courses offered in Spring 202 below, and register using this online form.


* The Alternative Academy is an independent, self sustainable programme, that only receives logistical support from Eedama, a social enterprise delivering Learning Experiences in the field of environmental sustainability in the UAE and Lebanon.

Spring 2020
Fall 2019-2020 (postponed in October 2019)
2018 Courses