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ARDD Holds “Media as a Tool for Social Peace and Solidarity” Training Workshops in Al Mafraq


In an effort to promote youth participation in achieving social cohesion in their areas and their host communities and providing them with the necessary tools to contribute effectively to achieving stability in the region. Within the framework of the project “Bridges of Understanding: Empowering Youth through Social Cohesion” in cooperation with the French Foundation (Fondation de France), Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) held three two-day specialized training workshops “Media as a tool for social peace and cohesion” and”Dealing with hate speech” at its office in Al Mafraq.

These sessions complement previous sessions within the framework of the same program, which aimed at enhancing the skills and abilities of participants to find innovative solutions that contribute to conflict resolution and prevention and social and psychological support sessions, and 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.

The training sessions which were concluded on Thursday 17th Oct 2019, and attended by some 57 participants, aimed at introducing various topics in the framework of peace-building, community solidarity, non-violence, handling hate speech and the use of the media as a tool to establish community peace and cohesion, such as community participation, freedom of expression and its implications in the context of civic participation, and the concept of media and how to critically read the media, and explain the difference between the concepts of traditional and digital media and the pros and cons of the latter, in addition to introducing various types of digital content and how to utilize digital media in sharing information accurately and quickly.

The sessions focused on introducing the trainees to the concept of community journalism (citizen / street journalism), its human and societal impact, best practices, the code of ethics of journalism, journalistic writing methods do’s and don’ts, thus enabling participants to produce a variety of media materials dealing with their issues, communicate their voices and opinions and seek solutions that would work for their communities. ARDD’s media committee will work with promising young writers and help them publish their works on media platform devoted to youth (Voice of Youth) and communicate them to a wider audience through a periodical electronic newsletter and its website and social media channels.