Aim of the Project
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development— REFORM launches the project “Civic Education as a Tool for Peace” in Qalqilya and Tulkarem, which seeks to increase civic engagement and participation in decision-making processes. This will be achieved through creating civic spaces and developing the capacities of young men and women within Palestinian governorates. It also aims to promote social harmony and democratic values and strengthen the principle of the rule of law.
The Project’s Impact on the Youth of the Palestinian Society
The project coordinator, Rawan Sharqawi, indicated that the project will work to enable young men and women to improve their skills and knowledge in civic engagement and discourse as well as social transformation. Their capacities will be developed in monitoring and analyzing public policies and governorates’ plans as well as preparing position papers that are in line with their communities’ needs. A civil forum will be established for discussions to take place with governorates, NGOs, and young men and young women activists.
The project will be implemented over a period of five months, during which the beneficiaries will undergo specialized training in capacity building, improve their critical thinking skills, effectively monitor and analyze public policies, and prepare policy papers and performance monitoring reports to submit to decision-makers. They will also engage in a number of coordination meetings to exchange information and experiences about their findings in the various sectors.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
REFORM held a meeting with the governor of Tulkarem, Issam Abu Baker, and with the governor of Qalqilya, Major General Rafie Rawajbeh, in order to discuss means of cooperation in implementing the project in both governorates. They also suggested ways to create interactive spaces for young activists and decision-makers to promote democratic values and social harmony.
This project comes in the framework of the Association’s work, which aims to enhance youth and women’s participation in the local development of their societies, establish principles of civil peace and social cohesion within the framework of the law, and promote the concept and culture of civil peace and social harmony at local and national levels.