ABOUT YOUNG ARAB VOICES
The programme in Palestine is part of a regional programme in six other countries trying to collectively establish a culture of debate and dialogue in the region.
Partnering with the Anna Lindh Foundation – an organisation tied into the 43 governments of the Union for the Mediterranean – and working in co-operation with the education and civil society sectors, the work of our programme is based on setting up debating clubs and organising debating forums involving diverse groups of young people. Its objectives are:
- increasing young people’s skills for public debate
- providing platforms for youth from diverse backgrounds to meet and exchange views
- providing targeted support for young bloggers, enabling them to bridge the gap between virtual and public space.
Empowering young people
Many young Palestinians want to speak out about the cultural and political issues affecting their lives, but may lack the opportunity or know-how.
That’s not the case with our Young Arab Voices programme, which aims to equip young Palestinians with the skills and confidence to speak up and be heard.
WHAT WE have DONE SO FAR
We established partnership with seven local organisations in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron, Tulkarem, and Nablus. We have trained a group of trainers, both women and men, on debating skills who will cascade the training to young people in 7 locations in the West Bank. In addition we will run a series of debate forums in cooperation with partners tackling some of the most pertinent issues in the country.