The capacity-building project in the concepts of citizenship and gender
Aiming to disseminate the culture of citizenship, its principles, and values, Citizenship League organized “Building youth capacities on the concepts of citizenship and gender equality” program in the Bekaa region in Lebanon. Believing in partnership as a basis for citizenship, the League has sought to involve many civil organizations working in the Bukaa region in building and implementing all stages of the project, from designing the optimal form of intervention, to identifying topics that met the needs of the participating organization’s members.
In this contest, a preparatory meeting was organized, where nineteen civil society organizations, active in Lebanon, were invited. The meeting was organized in the League’s office in Beirut, on Thursday, 19 Jan 2017, in the presence of 16 participants representatives of ten organizations; Sawa for Development and Aid, Association Najdeh – Syrian Eyes team – Multi Aid Programs – MAPS – Dammah Group – Molham Volunteering team – Gharsah team – Women Now For Development – Basmeh and Zeitooneh Relief and development – Basamat For Development. Nine other organizations apologized for not being able to attend.
The meeting began with a welcoming and introducing, then Mr. Wesam Jalahej presented briefly the SL4C, its activities, and projects, and introduced the capacity-building project in the concepts of citizenship and gender, then the discussion was opened, and the questions covered four main topics:
- Form of the training workshops (training workshops for organizations’ members, extensive dialogue sessions …).
- The number of potential participants from each organization, the appropriate days to carry out the training, and the most appropriate training venues.
- Priority training topics for organizations as well as training on citizenship and gender equality: civil society, education, diversity, culture, secularism, sustainable development, human rights, democracy.
- Other related project proposals, or subsequent projects.
Representatives of the organizations expressed their appreciation of such coordination, and this was reflected in their participation in the meeting and the suggestions and conclusions that made the meeting fruitful and effective. Following a questionnaire on the previous points, the project coordinator developed an executive plan that best met the proposals and aspirations of the organizations participated in the meeting.
This plan included the organization of four training workshops, with participants from different organizations, with an appropriate schedule, and the workshop venues varied according to the location of the participants in each workshop, the teams of the present organizations have participated in the selection of topics that were considered as priorities for their organizations.
The objective of the workshop series:
The workshops organized by the SL4C generally aimed to train activists; women and men in the society and civil society organizations on the principles and values of citizenship.
The objectives of these workshops were:
- Introducing the citizenship concept.
- Introducing the four principles of citizenship (Participatory, freedom, responsibility, and equality).
- Introducing the four values of citizenship (public morals, civic awareness, solidarity, humanity).
- Discussion on citizenship issues selected by participating organizations (e.g. civil society, education, sustainable development….)
- Provide the opportunity for participants from various organizations working in the Bukaa region to communicate and open discussions about the concept of citizenship, its principles, and values.
The first workshop was held in “Women Now for Development” center, in Chtaura, on the 10th and the 12th of March, titled “Citizenship, gender, and education”, the workshop was attended by 13 participants, among which 62.5% were females, and they represented (Women Now for Development, Gharsah team, Basamat For Development and MAPS) organizations.
The second workshop was held in Dammah Center in El-Marj, Central Bukaa, on the 24th and the 26th of March, titled “Citizenship, gender, and education”, the workshop was attended by 26 participants, among which 84.5% were females, and they represented (Dammah, MAPS) organizations.
Whereas the third workshop was organized in a training hall at The Delora Hotel in Chtoura on the 6th and the 13th of April and was titled “Citizenship, diversity and sustainable development”, the workshop was attended by 22 participants, among which 68% were females, and they represented (Basmeh and Zeitooneh, Basamat) organizations.
The last activity of the project was the fourth workshop which was organized at “MAPS” Center in Taanayel, on the 4th and the 6th of May, and was titled “Citizenship, gender, and sustainable development”. The workshop was attended by 18 participants, among which 61% were females, and they represented (MAPS, Basamat, Sawa for Development and Aid and Syrian Eyes team) organizations.
The training sessions of these four workshops were facilitated by the trainers: Dr. Hassan Abbas and Ms. Sabah Al-Hallaq, with the participation of Farah Abou Assali and Hinad Al-Shuhuf, who were both from the training team of the SL4C, and were trained by the League itself in 2016, so these workshops were an appropriate chance for them both to practice an actual training.
The training methodology adopted mainly an interactive system by using brainstorming techniques, group work, and role-playing, aiming to involve participants in the conclusion of ideas, and stimulate the interaction through approaching the concepts with examples from the reality, and discussing questions related to the topics presented in each session.
Citizenship League thanks to the organizations’ representatives for their presence in the coordination meeting, their active participation in the workshops, and their enrichment of the discussions by their diverse views, and hopes for continuous cooperation and coordination between the League and partner organizations.