Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UNFPA Training in Baalbeck, Problems solved!

The problem solving training, part of  UNFPA’s “Capacity Development and Life Skills Training for Syrian and Lebanese Women in the Baalbeck El-Hermel Area” project was concluded today the 24th of April 2014 in a very warm event. The 12 Lebanese and Syrian women, residing in  Baalbeck area, who participated in the two-month project, expressed their great gratitude and enthusiasm in the event that was held  at LOST’s main headquarters in Baalbeck.

The project trained these ladies on the most efficient problem solving techniques and exposed them to real application situations where they can reflect on the importance of these techniques. The event that celebrated the fulfillment of the 12 training sessions was signed off with the participants shouting, “We can solve our problems now because we know how to, Thanks UNFPA and Thanks LOST”.

Training Commences

“Education and Life Skills education for Syrian refugees and Lebanese adolescent” project has commenced its TOT training stage. The training, which was directed to all trainers and staff, took off on Saturday the 21st of June, 2014 in LOST’s main headquarters in Baalbeck. Over 55 trainers and staff members attended this two part training. The eagerness was a very visible feature among the trainee trainers and this training acted as a means of bonding and cohesion.

The training initiated with LOST Director Dr. Ramy Lakkis explaining and introducing the recruits to all aspects of the project and establishing baselines about LOSTs vision and the relation with UNICEF’s project. After that the recruited trainers separated into 2 groups. The first group which is the life skills group formed of 40 trainers attended 2 training sessions with Dr. Lakkis onTraining and Trainer, AYFS centers, and Adolescents and Participation. The second group, the Peace Building group, formed of 15 attended 2 training sessions with Mr. Omar Bayan on Training and Trainer and Human Rights. At the end of the training all the participants dined together in Baytuna restaurant, again forming that cohesive impact. This training will be followed by 3 more similar trainings in the upcoming week which finalizes the stage of  TOT for this project.

Education and Life Skills Education for Syrian Refugees and Lebanese Adolescents

LOST is proud to announce the initiation of its “Education and Life Skills Education for Syrian Refugees and Lebanese Adolescents” project. The project, sponsored by UNICEF, is an innovation plan that will form a huge impact on the lives of many youth this summer. It reaches out to over 2510 youth in the area of Baalbeck - Hermel in a means designed to renovate the gap between the Lebanese local community and the Syrian refugees. The project is in its recruitment stage where the project staff are witnessing an influx of eager recruits.

The project is a complex structure that starts with training 620 Syrian youth on basic Life Skills in Informal settlements (IS).Next step is setting 12 youth clubs in Secondary Public Schools located in Baalbeck, Ein, Bednayel and Hermel and training of 240 Lebanese adolescents aged 14-18 for 3 months on conflict management, conflict transformation, and Peace education. After that, LOST will organize 10 summer camps in 10 major IS/Villages/centers, engaging 650 new young Syrian refugees and young Lebanese community members aged 14 to 18 in community needs assessment and campaigning in collaboration with Lebanese youth club members thus developing a well-defined mechanism of social cohesion. The assembled youth in the summer camps will be engaged in implementing 10 youth-led initiatives in the targeted areas in addition to involving around 2000 participants from the Syrian and Lebanese communities in Baalbeck-Hermel region in the organization of a “Run All Together for Peace” Race in Baalbeck in collaboration with youth club members and Syrian trainees from the program. Another segment of the project is promoting the access of minimum 1000 out-of-school Syrian refugees aged 10 to 18 years to non-formal education (Basic Numeracy and Literacy) and life skills education in targeted ISs/public locations. The project directs at creating a safe cohesive learning environment where coexistence and peace are the base, and education is the key.