Having moved several times over the years, FISTA is now permanently established at its riverside site in the Beirut suburb of Dayshounieh, where students from kindergarten to ninth grade study in brightly decorated classrooms and engage in enterprising workshops.
Raquel is a senior student at the vocational center and has already chosen baking as her specialization, Mouawad explains, adding that next year she will hopefully find a job in the field but failing that will work at FISTA.
In the jewelry workshop, Joseph, who began as a vocational student at FISTA three years ago, has completed training and is now teaching others how to make jewelry.
Hanna, meanwhile, is still deciding on her specialization by spending some time in a variety of FISTA workshops.
FISTA is the first and only school in Lebanon that follows the Rudolf Steiner education philosophy.
But while Mouawad says there is demand in Lebanon for a regular Steiner school, for the moment she sees the future of FISTA in expanding its soon-to-be-accredited teacher training program.