Enhancing the Social and Political Participation of Youth through an Interactive Game
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM implemented an interactive game “Who’s Behind Me?” with the participation of a group of youth at Jabal Annar Cultural Club in Nablus. This activity, in accordance with the Social Transformation Program, aimed at exploring stereotypes through engaging the youth in an interactive game. This allowed them to identify and address the root causes that hinder their socio-political participation.
Challenging Social and Cultural Structures
During the interactive game, participants were engaged in a discussion on the deeply ingrained issues related to the reluctance of youth to participate in social and political life. Through exchanging dialogue and experiences with other like-minded youth, the participants were able to brainstorm various recommendations to address this issue. They also shed light on success stories of Palestinian women and youth who overcame various challenges. Participants also stressed the need to develop supportive tools that could promote the role of these marginalised groups in the development of Palestinian society.
Sarah Qashou’, a participant in the project, pointed out that this interactive game allowed her to actively engage in a fun and meaningful way.
She added, “The pictures that were used helped me to understand the true effect that stereotypes have on hindering the role of youth in society.”
REFORM aims through this activity to create safe platforms for youth to participate in social and political spheres. In addition, this activity aims to raise their awareness of the added value in effectively dealing with differences amongst individuals and groups, which promotes cultural diversity in the society.
About our Project
This activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform project, 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;
- 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 with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).