CYC Participates in Training Workshop Aimed at “Enhancing Access to Quality Education for Children in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon”

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On Saturday, October 12, ten members of CYC’s staff participated in the second of three day-long training sessions, organized by Save the Children International, aimed at building the capacities of teachers, social workers, and recreational leaders and increasing the reach and impact of educational, social, and recreational initiatives in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. The workshop served an especially important purpose in light of the changing demographics of many Lebanese refugee camps in the midst of the humanitarian crisis that has already sent over one million Syrians across Lebanon’s borders. Now, many camps are populated by increasing numbers of Syrian children, who have been out of school for a year if not more. Ensuring that the needs of all children are being correctly diagnosed and successfully met in these new classroom environments is a pressing issue and an one that was discussed and assessed with nuance during the workshop.

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The day’s program was dynamic and interactive, as attendees repeatedly broke into groups to practice different lesson plans and teaching techniques geared toward capturing the attentions of young learners in creative ways. One group, depicted above, performed a short skit, which humorously explored cooperative and hands-on approaches to reading. The day was truly inspiring, with a range of contributions and perspectives offered by teachers, librarians, social workers, recreational leaders, and education specialists. It was, indeed, a day of learning for all involved.

CYC expressed its sincere gratitude for the dedication of SCI and UNICEF to this important cause.

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CYC’s Democracy and Accountability Project Holds a Meeting to Discuss the Results of its Inquiry into the Main Problems Facing Shatila Youth

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Members of the Shatila community—including NGO representatives, political leaders, officials from the Popular Committee, and concerned parents—gathered in CYC’s library on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9 to listen to a presentation on the findings of a comprehensive survey, which asked 350 Shatila youth about the prevalence of drug-use in their environment, economic insecurity in their homes, and other questions probing the detrimental elements in their lives in the camp.

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Following a meticulous powerpoint presentation, replete with detailed statistics and extensive interpretations, delivered by CYC staff and youth volunteers, a conversation opened up among those in attendance, including a contingent of youth from the camp that had helped collect data for the project. This diverse group engaged vigorously with the issues raised in the presentation, with active participation from youth and adults alike.

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The discussion ultimately centered on the problem of drug-use in the camp. While those in attendance acknowledged that this issue was a global one, and thus difficult to address solely in the confines of Shatila, they also recognized the importance of making strides within the camp to limit its harm. The group talked about the problem with a measured tone and avoided extremes, making clear that local drug dealers were best dealt with not as criminals deserving of total scorn but as misguided individuals needing rehabilitation.
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Many agreed that drug-use had a negative impact on social and political participation and from this point the conversation transitioned to the topic of empowering a new generation of youth to take up the task of agitating for the rights of their people. In this vein, those in attendance advocated the establishment of a youth committee that would work with the camp’s Popular Committee, to ensure both that the voices of youth were involved in democratic decision-making in the camp and that these same voices remained active into the future.

CYC Focus group, as a Part of a Project Aimed at Improving Democracy and Accountability within the Palestinian Community, on the Main Problems Facing Shatila Youth

Shatila youth discuss the array of social problems affecting their lives, from the spread of drug-use in the camp to   specific issues in their homes.
Shatila youth discuss the array of social problems affecting their lives, from the spread of drug-use in the camp to specific issues in their homes.
Parents of Shatila youth hold their own conversation about what they perceive as the negative elements hindering the growth of their children.
Parents of Shatila youth hold their own conversation about what they perceive as the negative elements hindering the growth of their children.

Doctor Discusses the Importance of Health and Hygiene with Shatila Adolescents

This past Friday, a Palestinian doctor delivered a lecture to a group of children about personal hygiene, healthy habits, proper ways for keeping ones living-space clean, and general issues of public health. The doctor, who is a representative of the Palestinian Red Crescent, promised the children to return for a lecture on similar themes every Friday at 11:00 AM, as a part of the Children and Youth Centers weekly children’s open-day activities.

Among the topics discussed by the doctor were fundamentals of healthy living, such as the need to brush ones teeth everyday and the importance of keeping ones home neat and tidy. A colorful slideshow of graphs and charts, laying out important health-related statistics, accompanied the talk.

The 20 students in attendance, 13 girls and 7 boys, listened attentively, periodically asking questions about the presented material and responding to the doctors prompts. CYC gave its sincere thanks to the PRC and the doctor for their cooperation and expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of future collaboration.

Sabra & Shatila awith the international friends commemorate 31st nniversary of the Massacre

Since 31 years Sabra and Shatila is waiting every year the 3 darkest days every September, which filled with pain and saddest memories, everything still alive in the minds of who were there during 16 – 18 September 1982, when the Israelis army and their followers the phalanges and extremes Lebanese groups came to poorest area in Beirut suburb, Sabra & Shatila to kill randomly everybody they found at night, children, mothers, old and young even the animals, dogs, horses, cats and goats were killed too. That savage crime was done without any try of the Murderer Sharon (the Leader of the Israeli army in Lebanon at that time) to stop the killing of the innocent civilians, Palestinian, Lebanese’s, Syrians, Egyptian, and many other nationalities. up to now there is no real figures, but everybody says that not less 2500 to 3000 people were killed… Every year Sabra & Shatila people carry their pain, tears, sadness and the pictures of their beloved and their memories and walk collectively with candles and flowers in their hand to the Martyrs cemetery, telling their beloved that they didn’t forget them, and they will continue the struggle to lead the Israel murderers to the justice and court.

Every year. Sabra & Shatila receive solidarity and more international supporters share them the sad memories and join them the commemoration of the Sabra & Shatila Massacre. They hear their friendly and supportive words. especially the promise of supporters that they will carry the voice of Sabra & Shatila and Palestinian cause to their societies and governments.

Last Monday and Tuesday 16 and 17 Sep. we had walked from Shatila camp with some of the martyrs relatives, carrying their martyrs photos, political Organizations, NGO’s and the camp population. Some friends from France, UK, Taiwan, Italian, Danish, and others were with us. the Marches end with putting the candles and flowers on the graves, and speeches of the political leaders.

The program has included beside the two marches to the cemetery.
1- Opening an exhibition of the martyrs and the massacre place at CYC
2- A Palestinian folklore Dance, songs and poems performed by the CYC children

Every body raised the main wish that the criminals to be soon in the court, where the justice finds its way to those Israeli war murderers after all their crimes against humanity…

Thanks to all the support from our international friends, we are looking to their presence as a step to convince their governments to open their eyes on the Palestinian people tragedy since these governments supported Israel foundation on the expense of the Palestinian People…

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