REFORM implemented a 6-day training in social mobilization tools with the participation of young political activists in order to enhance the participation of youth in political and social spheres within the Palestinian society.
Young men and women’s political and social status and partnership within the Palestinian society
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM implemented a 6-day training in social mobilization tools with the participation of young political activists in order to enhance the participation of youth in political and social spheres within the Palestinian society, empower and familiarize them with the necessary teamwork skills.
The importance of Palestinian youths’ participation in social work
The training enabled the young men and young women participants to analyze the cultural and social framework and its components in Palestine and its reflection in the structural and systemic frameworks that form the structure of the Palestinian political system. It further provided the participants with the skills that enhance their abilities to recognize and identify basic needs in order to formulate goals that reflect their needs and aspirations; thus, enhancing their political and social status and partnership within the Palestinian society.
The training also focused on the importance of Palestinian youths’ participation in social work and the promotion of the values of social solidarity within the Palestinian society, especially in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the declaration of the state of emergency in the occupied Palestinian territories. This requires young men and young women to play a different role, such as monitoring the state of emergency in the absence of the Palestinian Legislative Council and the impediment of the democratic process. It is also necessary for them to educate the public on the importance of adhering to the imposed preventive measures to maintain the state of civil peace in the Palestinian society in order to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Samah Tamleh, a participant in the training, stated: “the communication and interaction between the trainers and participants using the electronic App, ZOOM, during the training were good and effective, as it provided me with the ability to reclaim much of my previous experience with REFORM’s projects. It also allowed me to apply what I learned in various political and social spheres.”
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This training comes as part of the “United in Diversity” project, which is implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, in partnership with Norwegian People’s Aid. This project seeks to promote the participation of young men and young women in socio-political spheres and ensure their access to safe spaces in order to participate in decision-making processes. It aims to enhance active citizenship practices within the Palestinian society to develop the youth’s capabilities in analyzing power dynamics. It also aims to improve the responsiveness of public systems to the needs of Palestinian citizens to promote good governance. To achieve this, the project provides youth activists with the ability to develop their skills in monitoring and analyzing public policies. The project will build the capacities of its target groups in participatory processes and facilitation skills using the Facilitating Reform Methodology.