Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Academy of Active Citizens: A New Partnership Between LOST and ActionAid Denmark in Bekaa

The 20th of April was a day for celebration as the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) and Action-Aid Denmark signed the agreement of their first joint project: the Academy of Active Citizens. This project will be the corner stone of a long future partnership between the two organizations.
The Academy fits perfectly into both partners approach of building the capacity of young men and women and encouraging them to engage in projects that they will have a positive social impact in their communities. The project started in mid May and will be implemented through LOST’s centers in Baalbeck, Ein, Beit Shama and Hermel.
The project consists of two main components. First, the youth will participate in several workshops and trainings on citizenship, civic participation and conflict resolution. Through a theater course and various exchange of drawing activities the youth will gain skills to counter the negative impact of sectarian lines.
After participation in the civic education and peacebuilding program, the youth will engage in 4 different community projects, based on what they feel relevant. This way they will have a chance to use their newly gained skills to push for positive change in their communities.

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