Twelve young people (aged 20 – 26) from diverse cultural backgrounds from Ireland and Lebanon are working together in Beirut, Lebanon for one week from the 3rd to 10th of February. They will explore the nature of conflict transformation in their own lives and develop a video based educational resource pack to be used in peer-training workshops in youth work settings.
The Irish youth team will deliver the training on their return to Ireland. Our Lebanese partners – Al-Jana – are experts in using creative methodologies with young people in conflict. They are also keen to learn about youth work practice in Ireland. They will be sharing and learning with our team of youth work facilitators in Lebanon and are keen to engage with more youth work organisations when they come to Ireland in the coming months to launch the educational resource pack.
The educational resource will explore conflict transformation in the context of living and working in culturally and socially diverse communities especially where racism and political and civil unrest are destabilising community cohesion. The two groups of young people will work together in Lebanon to share and document, through a range of creative methodologies, their personal experiences of conflict transformation. This will involve exploring histories, memories, identity, anger, and journeys of transformation.
The project is funded with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation www.annalindhfoundation.org
The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding. The Anna Lindh Foundation runs the largest Network of civil society organisations involved in the promotion of intercultural dialogue across Europe and the Mediterranean.