Nicole Eid Abuhaydar is committed to education and its power to improve lives and develop societies. In her current capacity as the executive director of the NGO Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP), Nicole applies her passion and expertise to ensure that every child, youth and woman has equal access to educational pathways to success and tools for positively contributing to their local and global communities. Effective and relevant education goes far beyond academic skills into areas of leadership, team building, critical thinking, and empowering students to become active agents of positive change. In particular, a strong early childhood education can build the cognitive, social and emotional foundations for healthy development, enabling children to reach their potential and enact social change.
Nicole’s commitment to education for social change has guided her 37-year career in the USA and the Middle East, specifically Lebanon. Her conviction has led her to work as a teacher, school head, project innovator, trainer and educational consultant in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her earlier work combined teaching and leadership roles within schools and civil society. She partnered with national and international organizations to combat child labor, eradicate child trafficking, and re-enroll school dropouts. She worked as an advisor to the Minister of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon where she mobilized initiatives for schools to serve their communities at a larger scale.
Nicole holds an Ed.M. from Teachers College-Columbia University and a B.A. and M.A. in Education and Curriculum Development from the American University of Beirut, AUB.