2018- 2019: Platform for Dialogue provides Peacebuilding Training in Syrian Refugee Camps

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Throughout 2018- 2019 the Platform for Dialogue has been providing Peacebuilding Training in Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Turkey.

Lebanon:

We have partnered with local and international NGOs in order to provide peacebuilding and social cohesion training in Shatila camp, Beirut, as well as in Tripoli, and the Beka’a valley. Our local partners are working in ITS’ (Informal Tented Settlements) and established camps, with people who have lost everything- yet are facing physical and verbal attacks on a daily basis from the host community, many of whom are themselves vulnerable and underprivileged. PfD also worked with vulnerable populations in the Hay el Salem (Dahia) area of Beirut, and in Bourj el Barajne camp, and we provided ToTs (Training of Trainers) for local CSOs working on peace education programming for the young and vulnerable living in violent areas.

PfD has identified the following areas requiring future project development in Lebanon:

  • New project development together with Italian partners on start-up entrepreneurship, linking one of our local actions in Syria with a partner project on entrepreneurship within Lebanese universities and vocational schools.
  • New proposal development and support for local NGO’s peace education programme for Syrians, Palestinians and vulnerable Lebanese .
  • Find support for Beka’a Valley peace choir
  • Potential for proposal development to support vocational training using volunteer organisation’s materials for carpentry and coding.
  • Need for Peacebuilding between host community and refugees in Zahle area
  • INGOs have requested training on peacebuilding, masculinity, and specifically the UNOY toolkit
  • Senior INGO officials advised us to work on the issue of providing PSS and vocational skills specifically for returnees -however this is a very sensitive issue.
  • Embassies are interested in peace education programming and social cohesion this is an area in which EPMED plans on developing.

Turkey

  • PfD has partnered with local CSOs to provide technical peacebuilding training to young Syrian journalists, and mentoring them with individual media projects promoting dialogue and coexistance.
  • PfD has provided training to local NGO workers based in Northern Syria, on how to design peacebuilding programming and mainstream it into humanitarian and development activities.
  • PfD has provided peace education modules to local schools in Gaziantep where Syrian children are given basic education before enrolling in Turkish schools.

PfD has identified the following areas requiring future project development in Turkey:

  • Support is required for a local NGO replacing lost limbs of Syrians who are disabled following the conflict. Such humanitarian assistance supports the psychological recovery of the individual and wider community, thus contributing to social cohesion.
  • Support is required for project development in Norther Syria where millions of IDPs remain stuck in Aleppo, Idlib and the surrounding countryside.
  • Support is also required for capacity building trainings connected to livelihoods projects in Northern Syria.