REFORM implements a learning journey in developing social participation tools

With the participation of a number of youth activists and as part of its Social Transformation program, the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM concludes a nine-day learning journey on developing new tools to enhance the social participation of different components within Palestinian society.  

Project Coordinator, Rezeq Atawnah declared that the Social Transformation program aims at building the capacities of the targeted groups on applying scientific methods to achieve social development. Moreover, this program enable them to use social transformation tools to combat challenges and handle differences among individuals and groups, thus promote social diversity, and ensure pluralism within Palestinian society.

The learning journey started off by introducing participants to social transformation concepts as well as reflecting on the sociocultural norms that regulates the action of youth within different spheres of public life. Afterwards, participants were provided with a space to identify the root causes of the social struggle and its impact on the social participation of individuals and groups.

Through this journey, participants were acquainted with various values governing the participation of youth as a tool for combating polarization on partisan bases, as well as for prompting the role of Palestinian women at the decision making level.

At the end of the session, participants developed a practical vision that demonstrates their strategic directions: “We, a group of social and political activists, hereby aim to bridge social gaps, enhance the abilities of youth to combat the stereotypical image of women, and raise the public awareness through building the capacities and skills of youth, particularly in less fortunate areas.”

Furthermore, participants expressed their admiration of the journey’s educational methods, saying that this is the first time they engage in such trainings. They also recommended sharing these methods on a larger scale among different groups of Palestinian youth to activate their role within Palestinian society.

This activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

This work has been achieved in cooperation with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ).