2019 Winners & Shortlists

#TEACHYOUALESSON

Short List
Client/BrandUNICEF LEBANON
Product/ServiceNON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
EntrantLEO BURNETT BEIRUT, LEBANON
Type of EntryPractices & Specialisms
CategoryBrand Voice & Strategic Storytelling
Idea Creation LEO BURNETT BEIRUT, LEBANON
Media Placement LEO BURNETT BEIRUT, LEBANON
PR LEO BURNETT BEIRUT, LEBANON
PR 2 MSL BEIRUT, LEBANON
Production LEO BURNETT BEIRUT, LEBANON
Production 2 PRODIGIOUS MIDDLE EAST Beirut, LEBANON

Why is this work relevant for PR Lynx?

The vast majority of parents in Lebanon believe that coercive methods of education are necessary and beneficial. The first victims are the children, where beaten kids become beating parents. In order to effectively enact change we needed to make beaten-children and their parents the heroes of the campaign. They would allow to foment the first ever public debate on the topic, in a country where discussing the topic was always considered taboo. We employed PR amplification to make sure we reach the many different audiences of our campaign.

Background

In Lebanon, 60% of the population believes that coercive and punitive methods are effective and necessary when it comes to the education of children. Although this number is believed to be much higher. UNICEF in Lebanon was about to launch a wide-reaching program aiming to tackle violence against children irrespective of their nationality and background. The budget at hand was limited, notably with the recent cut in US funding at the UN. We needed to launch a nation-wide campaign, tackling different audiences on different media touch points. Our challenge was considerable. We needed to not only tackle the taboo subject of re-questioning our educational methods, but also start challenging and changing a widely accepted method of education that is still passed on from generation to generation.

Describe the creative idea.

Lebanon is known to be lenient when it comes to coercive educational methods. We have institutionalized and normalized the use of violence. This is particularly true when it comes to children’s education. There are many reasons/triggers/causes that have helped develop this cult of violence against children in the country. We know that more than half the population employ violent methods, our data shows than even more people think violent educational methods could actually be effective. It didn’t take research-by-numbers to get to our insight, if you live long enough in the country the insight will jump right in front of you: The Lebanese have corrupted the usage of our language when it comes to education. We exclusively employ two words #BADDE-RABBIK in a negative and threatening way. These two words should mean “I WANT TO EDUCATE YOU”, but they mean in fact “I WANT TO TEACH YOU A LESSON/HARM YOU”.

Describe the strategy.

UNICEF in Lebanon is better known for its refugee assistance program rather than its wide-reaching domestic assistance program. It was also seen as a foreign organization that was disconnected from the Lebanese reality and culture. We wanted to launch a nationwide conversation, as the issue at hand affects all the different social backgrounds throughout the country. We needed to bring back the positive meaning of “Badde-Rabeek”. The two main profiles within our nationwide audience were parents and teachers. These two main profiles are at the center of children’s education. We opted for a media mix composed of traditional and innovative media. As this is a national campaign we were speaking to different profiles: some still tuned into TV/OOH (the more traditional households/older segment) and others (younger parents/teachers) to digital platforms. A secondary set of audiences, were non-parents (single/couples) and young adults who also need to partake into an important conversation.

Describe the execution.

We had put children and parents in an un-scripted experiment to prove the insight. We launched our social experiments on democratic media platforms (social media), in order to spark the first Lebanese public debate on violence against children. The public reacted instantly and a heated debate ensued between people against the usage of violence in education and some defending its usage. A day later after we launched the social experiment online, we held a televised press conference in presence of the acting Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs which was followed with a live retransmission of a panel debate between industry experts. We partnered up with all of the country’s prominent bloggers/influencers and started a pledge to always employ the #BADDERABBIK expression in the most positive of ways.

List the results.

• Total views 2.3 million • 1 million plus total engagement with the campaign • 11.8 million media impressions • 1.16 million dollars earned media value • 52% of Lebanese parents pledged not to use violence when educating their children* (*Source: Ipsos)

Credits

Name Company Position
Bechara Mouzannar Leo Burnett Beirut Chief Creative Officer
Malek Ghorayeb Leo Burnett Beirut Executive Creative Director
Nada Abi Saleh Leo Burnett Beirut Managing Director
Diego De Aristegui Leo Burnett Beirut Account/Creative Director
Rana Khoury Leo Burnett Beirut Creative Director
Jo Chemaly MSL Beirut Managing Director
Noura Assaf Leo Burnett Beirut Senior Art Director
Diego De Aristegui Leo Burnett Beirut Account/Planning Director
Andrew Assi Leo Burnett Beirut English Copywriter
Youmna El Asmar Leo Burnett Beirut Planning Director
Gaelle Feghali Leo Burnett Beirut Communication Executive
Manal Nagi Leo Burnett Beirut Creative Director
Lama Bawadi Leo Burnett Beirut Senior Copywriter
Mahmoud Jaber Leo Burnett Beirut Community Manager
Yara Basbous MSL Beirut PR Executive
Christian Manasci Leo Burnett Beirut Senior Copywriter
Rami Rikka Leo Burnett Beirut Art Director
Paul Seif Spark Foundry Beirut Managing Director
Sarah Eid Spark Foundry Beirut Digital Manager
Rawan Badr Leo Burnett Beirut Digital Community Manager
Gaelle Feghali Leo Burnett Beirut Communication Executive
Mia Daher Spark Foundry Beirut Digital Executive
Yara Basbous MSL Beirut PR Executive
Despina Memarogli Leo Burnett Beirut Art Director
Jennyfer Harb Leo Burnett Beirut Digital Palnner
Myriam Abi Wardeh Prodigious ME Executive Producer
Danielle Rizkallah Prodigious ME Director
Alain Donio Prodigious ME DOP Lighting Cameraman
Roula Hasna Prodigious ME Post Production Producer
Lina Moussallem Prodigious ME Editor
Maria Malek Prodigious ME Editor
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