REFORM held a training workshop to enhance the facilitation skills of beneficiaries

The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM held a training workshop for a number of beneficiaries and members of the Advisory Board of the “Rooftop debate” project, to enhance their capacities and enable them to facilitate and conduct public debate sessions.

The workshop started by conducting an assessment on certain practical skills of participants that would enable them to facilitate public debate sessions. Moreover, the objective and environmental conditions that contribute to the emergence of many political and societal issues were examined in order to observe how perceptions are developed and allow the facilitator to understand the behaviour, assumptions and contradictions of individuals.

The training focused on communication and interpersonal skills and its role in regulating the relationship between the facilitator and the participants in public debate sessions.  In addition, the objectives, elements and supporting tools of communication were closely observed, as they contribute greatly to establishing safe spaces among participants, and developing the facilitator's ability to mitigate challenges and handle reactions of participants.

The participants were also guided through the training on how to come up with certain topics, conduct debates, achieve attainable results and follow-up with the competent authorities through the development of facilitators' capabilities in the preparation of position papers and policy papers.

This activity is part of The “Rooftop Debate – Drivers of Political Change” project aims to create a network of powerful social and political young leaders and equip them with supporting tools that enable them to create social change by directing them to find solutions to their problems and concerns, which promotes social cohesion, ensures pluralism and strengthens civil peace within society. The project also seeks to provide safe and interactive platforms that connect young

This project is implemented in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation