Monday, May 4, 2015

Karaoke, Conflict Mitigation Tool in Northern Bekaa

On Saturday April 25th, 2015, the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) organized a “Peak Activity” at Baytna restaurant in Baalbeck bringing together 48 youth (25 Lebanese and 23 Syrian youth from an ITS in Douris/ Balkijian).  The Activity, merely a Karaoke and singing followed by lunch, aimed at merging the Syrian adolescents with their Lebanese counterparts outside the context of the ITS where they, in a very friendly environment, can break the psychological barriers and discover their common interests they share.

The participants showed remarkable cooperation where they sang, and danced together without feeling a difference between the Lebanese host and the Syrian refugee. During lunch, the participants talked, shared stories, and even took selfies to remember this day as a joyful memory.
Such a series of activities LOST is organizing in the field on a bi-weekly basis can thus change the misconceptions that the war in Syria and the phenomena of refugees created in the mindset of young adolescents and show them that pre-judgment is a wrong practice.

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