In an effort to promote youth participation in achieving social cohesion in their refugees’ hosting communities and their region and to provide them with the tools necessary to contribute effectively to their societies to achieve stability in the region, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) in cooperation with the French Foundation (Foundation de France), held three-day training sessions in its offices in Al Mafraq as part of the “Bridges of Understanding project: Enabling Youth through Social Cohesion” Project targeting youth ages 16-25.
The training sessions, attended by 63 young men and women in Mafraq Governorate, aim at empowering young people by effectively building their capacities to meet the challenges in their communities. By the end of the training, the young men and women will create an online platform that works as a media agency enabling them to publish, share and broadcast different media content in a way that contributes to communicating their voices and contributions, addressing humanitarian issues within their communities and covering challenges and joint successes in their region in cooperation with a network of journalists.
The training sessions dealt with many topics to help young people in the establishment of this platform, including legal awareness sessions to familiarize them with their rights as young people and citizens in addition to the rights of refugees in their region, and training sessions to enhance the skills and abilities of participants to find innovative solutions that contribute to conflict resolution and prevention thus contributing to positive progress in their communities. In addition to social and psychological support sessions that sought to enhance the ability of young people to express their problems and empower them through some tools that help in the decision-making process and enhance their communication skills.